Stephen Colbert’s satirical routine as a conservative commentator on “The Colbert Report” leaves millions of his fans laughing every night, but the comedian failed to amuse lawmakers Friday during a House panel hearing on farm jobs and illegal immigrants.
The Comedy Central star stayed in character during testimony as he made light of his experience working for one day as a migrant laborer on a vegetable farm in New York.
“America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables,” Colbert said. “Now the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables, and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you’ll see that many Americans have already started.”
While some audience members laughed, most of the members of the House Judiciary subcommittee barely cracked a smile.
“This is America,” Colbert continued. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”
While some Republicans criticized Democrats for inviting Colbert, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Fox News that she believes it’s “appropriate.”
“Of course I think it’s appropriate,” she said. “He’s an American. He can bring attention to an important issue. I think it’s great.”
~Showboating…At the beginning of the hearing, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, tried to pull the plug on Colbert’s testimony in an effort “to get to the bottom” of the issue.
But Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the subcommittee chairwoman who invited Colbert to testify, intervened.
“Many are eager to hear his comments,” she said.
Colbert replied that he would leave only at her request.
“I’m here at the invitation of the chairwoman, and if she would like me to remove myself from the hearing room, I am happy to do so,” he said. “I’m only here at her invitation.”
~On a side note , she needs to be fired for making the Halls look asinine. And she’s Chair – Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law ?! I don’t have anything against Colbert, but he is an avowed atheist. Many Progressives in Congress are closet atheists , I Wonder if she’s up for reelection hmmm?…