Colbert gets serious and nails Republicans as 'cowardly, fascist-enabling, worthless pieces of garbage'
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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, read some of the tweets from Wednesday's impeachment proceedings that detailed specifics about Republicans goofing off or ignoring the proceedings, reading novels or painting their toenails.

"Senators seemed to be barely paying attention," said Colbert. "Instead, they were seen explicitly not listening: feet up on their desks, reading books, and reading briefing papers on other topics. Yes, other, more interesting topics like 'How does history tend to remember cowardly, fascist-enabling, worthless pieces of garbage?' Speaking of which-- Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, seen here sitting with all his friends." Colbert showed Hawley sitting with no one around him.

"Hawley, of course, helped incite the January 6 mob by being the first senator to oppose the certification of the electoral ballots, which is why it wasn't totally surprising that, during the House's presentation, he was seen sitting up in the gallery with his feet up on the seat in front of him, reviewing paperwork," Colbert continued. "He had his feet up on the furniture? Well, great minds think alike. So, do really dumb ones."

Colbert showed the photo of the man who sat at Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk with his feet up on it and compared it to Hawley.

But it was at the end of the opening monologue that Colbert got serious.

"I feel for Rep. Dean and all the house managers, because not only did they witness the Capitol under attack by a MAGA-supporting mob on January 6 but also because today, they had to present evidence and bear personal witness to that attack in front of Republican senators desperately trying to ignore that truth and desperately trying to treat it like it was a waste of time," Colbert said. "But it's not a waste of time, because whether or not the ex-president is impeached, and whether or not they vote to do the right thing to keep him from holding office again, it is important that one time, as a nation, we look this straight in the face, and as it is laid out definitively, for the unprecedented and pre-meditated violation that it is. Because only by facing this truth will we have any hope of stopping it from happening again. Also, I'm pretty convinced it wasn't Antifa now."

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