After a week’s vacation, Stephen Colbert returned to the Late Show Monday night to discuss the “career implosion” of Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a longtime Trump lackey who is now under investigation by the Department of Justice. justice for violating federal sex trafficking laws.
According to federal investigators, Gaetz, 38, paid the travel expenses of a 17-year-old girl with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship (Gaetz has denied this and alleged “extortion”). The investigation was opened several months ago by then-Trump attorney general William Barr.
“Gaetz-Gaete,” as Colbert has called the sordid affair, also includes Congressman Joel Greenberg’s longtime friend, who was indicted last summer on various charges, including child sex trafficking and financial support of people in exchange for sex.
According to the Washington Post, Gaetz is said to have bragged that his friend got him several women and that they sometimes shared sexual partners. “It sounds risky, but remember: Gaetz always wears protection,” Colbert joked about a photo of Gaetz wearing a gas mask on Capitol Hill in one of his many attention-grabbing stunts.
The justice department alleges that Gaetz and Greenberg paid for hotel rooms for women, where the group took ecstasy before having sex. “Now, if you’re unfamiliar with ecstasy, it’s the feeling you get when you hear bad news about Matt Gaetz,” Colbert said.
Gaetz has denied the allegations, although New York Times reporters have seen receipts from the women for CashApp and Apple Pay. “How dumb is Matt Gaetz?” Colbert marveled, scoffing at his logic: “Friend, friend, no, don’t leave a paper trail! Use CashApp that way, everything accumulates in the cloud, and then when it rains, the evidence disappears. “
Gaetz also reportedly bragged about his sexual exploits, including displaying photos of naked women to his colleagues, on the Chamber floor. “Remember, this is where you work,” Colbert said. “So those mandatory sexual harassment trainings your office does where the examples they give are all so outrageous that you wonder, ‘Who is this possibly for?’ It’s for Matt Gaetz. “
Trevor Noah also returned from a week away to recap the business tug of war in Georgia after Republican lawmakers passed one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the nation. The measure, part of a wave of GOP-backed bills to limit voting after record turnout in 2020 propelled Joe Biden to the White House and changed the Senate, would shorten the window for early or early voting. absence, it would move control of local elections to (primarily Republican state legislators) and criminalize the distribution of food or water to people waiting in line to vote.
“After losing in November, the Georgia Republicans basically decided to make the vote look more like the worst parts of flying,” said the Daily Show host, imitating a Georgia lawmaker: “Okay, then there will be lines very long, no one can have water, and if you’re late you can go to hell. “
After the passage of the measure by Governor Brian Kemp, “Democrats were angry, blacks were angry, the president was angry,” Noah continued. “So, for help, they turned to the only people whose opinions could really count for anything: giant corporations.”
Faced with pressure from a civil rights group to respond to a law targeting minority voters, Major League Baseball withdrew the All-Star Game from Atlanta, while Georgia-based companies Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines criticized the move as “based on a lie”.
“It’s great to see corporations use their influence in support of voting rights, but to be clear, they didn’t do it out of the goodness of their heart, okay? They did it because the liberals threatened to boycott them if they didn’t speak up, ”Noah said.
“It’s really amazing what you can get companies to do when a boycott is threatened. I mean only the threat a boycott made Coca-Cola back a voting rights group, ”he added. “Think about it: that means with just a little more pressure, we could probably convince Coke to put cocaine back in his drinks.”
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel also touched on MLB’s decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta. “Baseball did the right thing and pulled the game and now the red hatters are mad at them,” he explained, citing a statement by Trump that included the usual bragging about the “radical left” and called for a boycott of Delta and Coca-Cola, among other companies.
“It’s beautiful that Donald Trump is calling for a Coca-Cola boycott,” Kimmel said. “He had a Diet Coke button on his desk in the Oval Office. The man urinates aspartame, okay?
“It’s especially funny because with all his complaints about cancellation culture, this guy has tried to cancel more culture than anyone else!” added. “If you listen to Donald Trump, you would have to cancel baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Viacom CBS, Cisco, Citi Group, UPS, Apple, Macy’s, Univision, HBO.” The list goes on and on, up to and including Merck, “which happens to produce propecia, the drug that Donald Trump takes to curb his baldness.
“What are the chances that Donald Trump will give up Diet Coke or his baldness medicine? He concluded.” None. But he wants you to. “