Colbert Burns ‘Complete Moron’ Matt Gaetz With A Reminder Of His Legal Problems

Stephen Colbert called out those who were quick to celebrate the not guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, especially Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

Rittenhouse last week was acquitted of all charges in the shooting deaths of two men, and wounding of a third, during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, claimed self-defense. He traveled across state lines to Kenosha with an AR-style rifle and a medical kit.

“I’m not a legal expert, so I can’t tell you whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the law,” said Colbert, host of “The Late Show.” “But I can tell you this: If he didn’t break the law, we should change the law.”

Colbert’s audience applauded.

“So, Rittenhouse was found not guilty,” Colbert said, emphasizing the “not guilty” with air quotes. “But only a complete moron would celebrate this clear tragedy by making this guy a hero.”

That led him to Gaetz, who excitedly tweeted an all-caps “NOT GUILTY!!!!!!!” in reaction to the verdict.

“Of course, Gaetz has a vested interest in juries finding people not guilty,” Colbert said. “Especially when it involves a 17-year-old crossing state lines.”

Gaetz is reportedly under investigation in a federal sex trafficking probe looking into whether he and others paid for sex at drug-fueled parties involving a 17-year-old girl, including possibly paying for her to travel with him across state lines.

That same probe led to the arrest and guilty plea of his reported wingman, Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector now cooperating with the investigation.

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