Huckabee defends Colbert from calls for FCC punishment
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Former GOP Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a First Amendment argument in defense of late night talk show host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert asks Rahm Emanuel: 'Are you here tonight to kneecap Bernie Sanders?' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats set for critical debate in New Hampshire Sanders casts Buttigieg as billionaire favorite in fight for New Hampshire MORE on Saturday.

Huckabee scolded fellow conservatives as "misguided" for demanding the FCC take action against the comedian over his recent comments about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.

"Calls for FCC to punish Colbert are misguided," Huckabee tweeted Saturday. "Don't let gov't decide when speech is ok-let YOU decide by not viewing/buying."

Trump supporters called for Colbert, host of The Late Show on CBS, to be punished after he made a controversial joke about President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


"The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c--k holster,” Colbert said on Monday.

On Twitter, the hashtag #FireColbert trended as users lambasted Colbert's "homophobic" remarks.

The FCC said this week it will investigate and take "appropriate action" after receiving "a number" of complaints about the episode.