Audio from the incident has Burchett calling out to McCarthy: “Why’d you elbow me in the back, Kevin? Hey Kevin! You got any guts? Jerk.”
Colbert was ready with an answer.
“No, Kevin McCarthy has guts,” he said in defense of the former speaker. “What he doesn’t have is balls.”
The audience erupted at the below-the-belt joke.
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