During an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) spoke out about the U.S. Capitol Police’s arrest of a group of staffers from CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for trespassing in the Longworth House Office Building near the Capitol.
Trespassing and Arrests
On Thursday night, nine individuals were arrested for entering the Longworth House Office Building — which had been closed to the public at that point — after the group had previously been escorted out of another building for attempting to conduct interviews about the House’s January 6 committee hearings.
The staffers had “tried weeks ago to get credentials for the 1/6 committee hearings,” according to a tweet from Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram. “The House Radio/TV Gallery rejected the request from the Colbert team out of hand because they are not ‘news.’”
The group of staffers was reportedly allowed into the office building that day only because they had been invited.
“The Colbert team conducted interviews earlier in the day Thursday with 1/6 committee members Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL),” Pergram tweeted. “They also interviewed. Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) who is not a member of the committee.”
The staffers then left the House office buildings, but were later allowed back in by an aide to Auchincloss, reportedly because the aide believed that they had more work to do.
“The group apparently then roamed the House office buildings unattended for hours,” Pergram said in another tweet. “They were arrested near the office of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) around 8:30 pm et and charged with unlawful entry. They were in jail for part of the night before being released Friday.”
Pergram also reported that the names of the individuals arrested have been confirmed to include Robert Smigel, who is best known for voicing the character of Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.
The Fox News correspondent also revealed that the Colbert staffers were recording video and taking pictures outside of the offices of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
Colbert has been open about his far-left leanings on his so-called comedy show for years, often using his platform to broadcast outright falsehoods about Republicans while hiding behind the fact that it is a “comedy show” as an excuse for lying or stretching the truth. This stunt is just the latest attempt by the left-wing “comedian” to find ammunition to make the right look bad.
Sen. Kennedy’s Response
According to Kennedy, the incident looked like just “another example of a bunch of agenda journalists trying to make Democrats look good and Republicans look bad.”
The Republican senator went on to claim that the American people trusted the media “like they trust gas station sushi.”
“I don’t have any inside information, Bill, but I have read about this,” Kennedy declared. “And it looks to me like it’s just another example of a bunch of agenda journalists trying to make Democrats look good and Republicans look bad.”
“And that’s why, you know, I’ve said it in another context, that’s why the American people — they are not fooled,” he continued. “They trust the media now like they trust gas station sushi. And the media — everybody knows that — not everybody, but many members of the media have no self-awareness. They think they are fooling the American people.”
“I’ve read they were knocking on Republicans’ doors and trying to catch them off guard. I mean, it’s just agenda journalism. That’s all it is — trying to pick sides,” Kennedy concluded.