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Colbert Says He Has No Regrets as Calls to Fire Him Increase

Despite an increasing number of calls for Late Night host Stephen Colbert to be taken off their air after a rant about President Donald Trump, the CBS host said he’s not going anywhere and has no plans to apologize.

However, Colbert’s critics, who launched the #firecolbert hashtag on Twitter, aren’t giving up just yet.

Earlier this week, Colbert’s monologue included a vulgar reference to Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and oral sex with a phrase that some interpret as a homophobic slur. Colbert’s attack on Trump was sparked by Trump’s actions in an interview with CBS reporter John Dickerson.

On his show Wednesday, Colbert appeared unrepentant, despite the outrage that ensued from his comments.

“Folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine. So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that,” Colbert said.

“I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes. He has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight,” he joked.

“While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” he said.

Cameron Kinvig, a past president of the Dallas chapter of the Federalist Society and general counsel to the Dallas County Republican Party, wrote in an op-ed on Independent Journal Review that Colbert was not only in bad taste, “Colbert’s statements were actionable and legally indefensible.”

After summarizing the reasons why Colbert crossed legal lines, Kinvig noted that Colbert was damaging society with his actions.

“When we allow crass, defamatory, inane, tactless and Constitutionally-unprotected comments to cloud the national consciousness when it comes to our political discourse, we are the worse for it,” he wrote.

“It’s a pity that those with such a commanding voice in our society do not understand that such a right is intertwined with the obligation to comport themselves with a modicum of decency. Choosing to recreate the past with verbal sparring and disparaging insults is neither a sound legal maneuver, nor good for the country,” he wrote.

Do you think Colbert was in the wrong or are these people being a bunch of snowflakes?