Triumph Recognizes Colbert’s #HappyArrestaversary and Criticizes Tucker Carlson

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog commemorated the one-year milestone of the Colbert team’s arrest while also calling out Tucker Carlson.


It’s astonishing to think that an entire year has passed since Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, his handler Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien), and members of CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert team were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. Their arrest occurred after filming a segment for Stephen Colbert’s late-night talk show. Learn more about the backstory below. Although they were initially facing charges of being in a restricted area without proper identification and escort, about a month later, Triumph, Smigel, and the rest of the team discovered that they would not be prosecuted. Now, Triumph has taken to social media to commemorate the one-year anniversary and shed light on Tucker Carlson’s distorted perception of reality.

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In a tweet, Triumph shares a video clip from 2022 where Carlson attempted to equate the late-night team’s actions with the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. This is the same group that Carlson used to sympathize with when he worked for a certain “news” channel. Triumph’s point is that Carlson’s characterization of President Joe Biden as a “wannabe dictator” after Biden emphasized the importance of LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance is nothing new. It’s just the same baseless conspiracy theories that Carlson has always embraced.

A Reflection on Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s Struggle

“On Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and his production team were present at the Capitol to conduct interviews for a comedy segment on The Late Show,” explained a CBS spokesperson in a statement when news of the arrests broke in June 2022. “The interviews at the Capitol were authorized and scheduled through Congressional aides. After completing the interviews, the production team remained in the halls to film additional comedic elements when they were detained by Capitol Police.” Take a look at some of Triumph’s preliminary Twitter posts from their time in Washington DC on Thursday, June 16th:

According to the U.S. Capitol Police’s statement, the group was confronted by officers in the Longworth House Office Building around 8:30 pm ET on Thursday night after the area had been closed to visitors. “Responding officers discovered seven individuals on the sixth-floor hallway without Congressional ID and unaccompanied. The building was off-limits to visitors, and these individuals were identified as part of a group that had been instructed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day,” stated the USCP. They also confirmed that the group was charged with unlawful entry. The statement continued, mentioning that the investigation was ongoing and could result in additional criminal charges after consulting with the U.S. Attorney. In this clip from 2020, distinguished journalist Triumph reported from Washington, D.C. during the restrictions imposed on press access to President Trump’s impeachment trial:


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