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Stephen Colbert responds to calls for him to be FIRED for insulting Trump

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Popular comedian and late night show host Stephen Colbert finally went too far this week when he employed a lewd joke to insult President Trump.

A viral online movement under the hashtag #firecolbert demanded that the “Late Show” host be sent packing, and that advertisers boycott the program until that happens.

Ever the funny man, Colbert shot back at his detractors in a statement released by CBS.

From the Washington Post:

“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” he said during the taping of Wednesday’s broadcast, according to a transcript released by CBS.

“I had a few choice insults for the president … I don’t regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”

Colbert’s brief response comes after criticism from Trump supporters and conservatives spread on social media in the past two days.

Though President Trump has for months been the target of Colbert’s pointed jokes and mockery, many on social media believe he went too far Monday night in making an oral-sex joke regarding Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The hashtag #FireColbert was trending on Twitter Wednesday morning. A new Twitter account called @firecolbert tweeted: “It’s time to #FireColbert! It’s time he be removed from CBS. Let your voice be heard! #Boycott all of Stephen Colbert’s advertisers.” There is also a new website, firecolbert.com.

What do you think?

Is Colbert’s half-apology sufficient? Is humor and comedy a reasonable justification for saying such things about our president?

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