Members of the Washington D.C. press watched as Stephen Colbert testified before a congressional committee on Friday morning—and tweeted madly about how Colbert “made a mockery of Congress.”
NOTE TO BELTWAY REPORTERS: Not to worry, Congress itself has a lock on the job of making a mockery of Congress. And a lot of y’all act as their assistants-in-chief as they do so.
In fact, Colbert actually had something serious to say if one bothered to listen. Then, if one missed it, he broke character and laid it out in an answer to a question from Congresswoman Judy Chu (but Huff Post’s Jason Linkins seems to have been the only person who noticed):
CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU: Mr. Colbert, you could work on so many issues, why are you interested in this issue?
COLBERT: I like talking about people who don’t have any power. And this seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask them to leave. And, you know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, these seem like the least of our brothers, right now. And I know that a lot of people are the least of my brothers because the economy is so hard, and I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish it or anything like that, but migrant workers suffer, and they have no rights.”