Stephen Colbert was the only late-night host to go live after Thursday night’s big panel prime-time audience on Jan. 6. And while they gave him plenty of material to work with, it was this video of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) comically fleeing the Capitol after annoying rioters he couldn’t help but talk about.
During his opening monologue, the Last show the host called Hawley “the man who raised his fist in solidarity with the crowd before entering Congress that day.”
“Turns out once the mob burst into the building, he wasn’t as keen on standing with them!” Colbert added before playing the clip for any viewers who may have missed it. “Watch him go!” he said with a laugh, showing it once again with cartoon sound effects underneath to add insult to injury.
But it was after Colbert’s first guest for the evening, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, joined the show, that they really dug into why the committee decided to highlight what the host described it as a “really lovely moment”.
Asked by Colbert about the “value” of showing “Mr. Fist Up” “skedaddling” away from the crowd was, Hayes smiled and replied, “The value was the committee telling Josh Hawley to go himself. “
While it’s “important for us to see that they were running because they were scared, because they were being evacuated,” Hayes said it also revealed something very important about Hawley in particular.
“You went out there that day to go raise your fist and play with fire, and everyone got to see you do that and see you fundraising after that and see how you talk the way you own the libs,” he said, “but don’t see yourself with your tail between your legs when the mob is about to kick down your door.