Gov. Christie believes a suspension is in order for The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, who Christie says ought to “come back to earth” following a controversial rant targeted at President Trump this week.
But Colbert disagrees. On Wednesday night's show, he said he would "do it again," although with some tweaks.
“I think Stephen’s lost it a little bit and he needs to come back to earth,” Christie said at a public event in New Jersey on Wednesday, according to NJ.com. “I don’t know whether that deserves him being fired. Although I guarantee you if it had been said about President Obama by somebody, the person would have been fired. But at least it deserves some kind of suspension, I think."
Christie, a longtime Trump supporter who in March was appointed by President Trump to lead an opioid-abuse panel, also added that backlash against Colbert has been minimal.
“I can’t believe he said it,” Christie said. “My concern is: Where’s the outrage?”
Colbert on Monday performed a lengthy monologue peppered with one-liners insulting President Trump, including the line that his mouth is only “good for being Vladimir Putin’s c— holster.” The host’s rant was in response to an interview President Trump did with John Dickerson on CBS’s Face the Nation in which he referred to the program as “Deface the Nation.”
Some critics called Colbert's joke homophobic and began a social media campaign to have Colbert removed from The Late Show with a #FireColbert hashtag.
Will there be consequences for Stephen Colbert's obscene attack on the president last night, or even any comment from CBS?
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 2, 2017
— ����Corr���� (@Corr2112) May 3, 2017
Homophobia for the right cause, with the right targets, is good homophobia, apparently. https://t.co/4rLd1wfTfA
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 2, 2017
The host responded unapologetically to calls for his termination on Wednesday night, though not to Christie’s comments specifically. Colbert explained the rant as a response to someone “insulting a friend,” and that President Trump can “take care of himself.”
“Folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine,” Colbert said. “So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”
However, Colbert did concede that he would “change a few words" if he were to do the monologue again.
“While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they need to be. I’m not going to repeat the phrase,” the host said. “But I just want to say, for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love in their own way, is, to me, and American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else but that.”