Late-night ‘comedian’ and CBS host Stephen Colbert issued a weak apology to a Muslim-American man he claimed was a fabrication of Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon during his Thursday evening show.
Khalil Othman is an angry parent who says he’s had enough of Democratic pushes to add inappropriate sexual and gender content to public school libraries. He told his story at a campaign event for Dixon, but Colbert mocked that, claiming that she “made up” the complaint.
“Dixon’s not the only one worried about this issue. So is this guy she totally made up,” Colbert told his viewers.
Othman fired back afterward, saying: “To claim that I’m not here, I don’t exist, I’m not human, that’s absolute ignorance.
“If this person did his due diligence and start researching or has his team do a little bit of research of who’s this person who attended Dixon’s rally, they will be able to find my name right away easy on social media. Just Google it,” he continued.
“My name is Khalil Othman. I came all the way from Dearborn, Michigan. I am a proud Muslim American who expresses my values and concerns all the time. Dearborn has been voting Democrat blue for the last decade or two decades. But not anymore,” he added in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I guarantee you for sure that my family and my friends will vote for Republicans. Never once did I ever vote Republican,” he continued.
“However, the situation with the sexually explicit material in the schools was, for me, a bridge too far. When it comes to my kids and my family, I will not budge,” Othman said.
“The Democratic establishment has been ruling Dearborn for the last two decades. The parents did not receive any kind of support from the whole top leadership, all elected officials, all Democratic leadership,” he noted further.
“Right now, it’s a crunch time for both candidates, and he’s trying whatever he can do with his media influence to hurt [Dixon’s] campaign,” Othman told the Detroit Free Press, adding: “He doesn’t know me.”
“Here’s the thing, I don’t make many mistakes that I’m willing to admit. But when I do, I’m big enough to admit them,” Colbert said on his show.
“During a debate, she [Dixon] told a story that frankly I doubted,” he said. “This very real person deserves an apology because he says, ‘To claim that I’m not here, I don’t exist, I’m not human, that’s absolute ignorance.’ So I would like to apologize.
“It is a terrible thing for someone to deny your very existence. Just ask trans people,” the CBS star quipped as he addressed Othman. “Therefore, I, Stephen Colbert, acknowledge that you exist and ask that you forgive me.”
But Colbert would not drop it there. He went on to mock Othman after the former Dearborn City Council candidate told the Detroit outlet that the host should have simply Googled his name first.
“OK, fair enough. But I will point out that Dixon never said your name. So what am I supposed to search for?
“All she said was, ‘I had a gentleman come up to me, and he said I found content in my school library describing how to have sex to my son,’” Colbert continued.
“He said that should be enough. So let’s Google some keywords from that sentence,” he added before pulling out a laptop to do some research.
“I’m a parent and I believe that every parent has the right to be aware of what their kids see and read, just like everyone learning about this story has the right to know that as recently as October — last month — this guy claimed to be a Democratic politician but switched after he lost his primary and packed up his toys and went off in a huff to support an election-denying, transphobic, COVID-19 conspiracy theorist,” Colbert raved.
“What a wonderful example for all of our children,” Colbert sarcastically said before adding, “By the way, fella, if you didn’t know that about Tudor Dixon before you supported her, you should Google it.”
For the record, a massive new global study has found that as many as 40 percent of COVID deaths were fabricated, though ‘person deniers’ like Colbert won’t ever believe it.