This afternoon, Fox News host Megyn Kelly invited Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to discuss Stephen Colbert’s testimony on Capitol Hill today about migrant labor conditions. King — who is a member of the House Judiciary subcommittee that held today’s hearing — said, “There was no rational reason for him to be there.”
Explaining the reason for his appearance today, Colbert told the committee he was “happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue, and I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-Span 1.” Conceding Colbert’s success in this regard, King said, “There were more cameras in the room than I’ve seen in a long time.”
Nevertheless, Megyn Kelly was furious over Colbert’s testimony. “Congressman, do you think Zoe Lofgren owes this country an apology for wasting our taxpayer dollars and your time?” she asked. But King wouldn’t bite. “To make a blanket request like that, I don’t know,” he said. King then proceeded to call Colbert a liar:
She and Stephen Colbert among them disparaged the people who do hard work in America everyday. That she went out and did some work on this farm, and Stephen Colbert did some work on this farm. I pointed out he was actually unpacking a crate of sweet corn, and it has to be going in the other direction if it’s going to be shipped off the farm. … I don’t think he had his facts right. I saw the video. And the video looks to me like it was staged. … He didn’t do real work.
Colbert addressed King’s complaint during this morning’s hearing. “I was packing corn — I was a corn-packer,” he said matter-of-factly. “I put it in the trucks and I iced it down, keep it at 38 degrees so that it wouldn’t go through the process where the sugar turns into starch. And we got the corn out that day. I was a corn-packer.”
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who was critical of Colbert’s appearance early in the hearing, was convinced by the end of it. “I thought he was pretty profound,” Conyers said.