Stephen Colbert tries to untangle the threads of Pizzagate
Since Donald Trump won the presidential election on Nov. 8, “fake news” has been quite a hot topic. It’s easy for viral nonsense to spread like wildfire on social media, where all links look the same, and some have alleged this had an influence on Trump’s win. One of the wildest pieces of fake news, however, only really emerged into prominence after the election: Pizzagate.
After the leaked emails of former Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta were shown to contain several references to local Washington, D.C., pizzerias, wannabe internet sleuths from the “alt-right” decided these were in fact disguised hints at a child sex ring run out of the restaurant Comet Ping-Pong. On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert attempted to untangle the threads of Pizzagate, and was alarmed to find that the conspiracy had even reached Trump’s inner circle.
“A lot of uninformed, gullible people fell for the Clinton/Podesta sex ring theory,” Colbert said. “People like Trump’s pick for National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who tweeted out a link … introducing it with ‘u decide.’ Okay, then I decide a guy who spreads this bulls–t shouldn’t be in charge of national security.”
Pizzagate got really serious this weekend, when a believer showed up at Comet Ping Pong with an assault rifle. Luckily, no one was hurt, but Pizzagate rages on — and even concerns Colbert himself. As he pointed out, there are Reddit theories about him being a Clinton lackey, if not directly involved in the alleged sex trafficking ring himself. Any coordination with politicians is anathema to many of these online sleuths, so Colbert produced a copy of a pre-interview he once did with Trump, to prove that such arrangements are commonplace.
“Here’s what these conspiracy theorists don’t’ get: There’s a difference between a conspiracy and an agreement,” Colbert said. “A conspiracy is what villains do. An agreement is what adults do. Look around the country. Wouldn’t you agree we need some more adults?”
Watch the clip below.