That was awkward. When Stephen Colbert was invited to testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security, it was bound to be an interesting moment for C-SPAN viewers. And Colbert didn’t disappoint, offering up a spirited in-character attack on undocumented workers that was actually a sly attempt to undermine opponents of immigration reform.
But after his testimony, Colbert found himself on the defensive when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) accused him of unpacking corn in his Colbert Report segment, “Fallback Position,” rather than packing it. Or something. Colbert defended himself, but seemed uncharacteristically rattled by the interrogation—enough to put his foot in his mouth with an off-color and worse, unfunny, joke about gay Iowans.
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