Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media Biden sworn in on family Bible his son Beau used Can the GOP break its addiction to show biz? MORE asked Republicans “have you had enough” during his live edition of "The Late Show" on CBS Wednesday night after the Capitol was overtaken by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.

Colbert condemned Republican lawmakers who have backed President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE in a scathing monologue after rioters overwhelmed Capitol Police and forcibly entered the Capitol, forcing its evacuation.

“I’ve rarely been as upset as I am tonight and I’m sure you are too,” Colbert started his monologue by saying. 


“Hey Republicans who supported this president, especially the ones in the joint session of Congress today: Have you had enough?” he said. “After five years of coddling this president’s fascist rhetoric, guess whose followers want to burn down the Reichstag? Because today, the U.S. Capitol was overrun for the first time since 1814, and a woman died.”

“This is the most shocking, most tragic, least surprising thing I’ve ever seen,” Colbert continued.

“For years now, people have been telling you cowards that if you let the president lie about our democracy over and over and then join him in that lie and say he’s right when you know for a fact that he is not, there will be a terrible price to pay. But you just never thought you’d have to pay it too.”

At least four people died amid the chaos at the Capitol, including a woman who was shot by a plainclothes U.S. Capitol Police officer. 

The comedian specifically called out Republicans for prioritizing confirming judges over the past four years and supporting Trump to get that goal completed. 


“Those judges are really going to be working hard,” he said. “They’re gonna be busy throwing these idiots in jail and by idiots I include the Republicans who let this happen, like you Sen. Josh Hawley [R-Mo.] raising your stupid fist to the mob outside the Capitol.”

“Obviously, he has to keep his fist closed because if he opened it you’d see all the blood on his hands,” he added. 

Colbert spoke directly to Republican senators “who helped foment this insurrection” during the monologue, saying “Why’d you run away?”

“I mean these are your peeps,” he said. “They love you. Why didn't you hang out with your buddies, Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Colbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence MORE [R-Tenn.], Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE [R-Ga.], Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE [R-Wis.], John ‘not that Kennedy’ Kennedy [R-La.] because you can run all you want for the rest of your lives, but you can never escape the responsibility of what you brought upon American democracy today.”

Colbert also directed blame to Fox News for the Capitol raid, saying, “You think maybe years of peddling his conspiracy theories had anything to do with this?”


“ ‘Come on, we’re just trying to turn a coin for Uncle Rupee, you know, sell a few lubricated catheters,’ ” Colbert said, while referencing News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch. “Like those lubricated catheters, you know where you can stick your excuses and you can skip the lubrication.”

He ended his monologue labeling Republicans “who make no mistake are responsible for what happened today” running for reelection in 2022 as “cynical cowards who believe the voters should not get to choose who governs this country.”

“Let’s hope the voters prove them all wrong,” he said, before introducing his guests, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated MORE (R-Ill.).

Kinzinger on Thursday announced support for Trump's removal from office by invoking the 25th Amendment.