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 ColbertOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all The Memo: Biden's rivals search for right mode of attack 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's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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.