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 ColbertHelen Mirren, Ian McKellen act out Trump Ukraine call in Colbert appearance Klobuchar to Colbert: We're going 'to build a blue wall' in PA, WI, MI and 'make Trump pay for it' Sherrod Brown: GOP colleagues privately acknowledge Trump is racist, misogynist 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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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.