‘This is What’s Wrong With Washington D.C.’: Colbert Slams Plans to Sell Internet Browsing History


The knives were out on last night’s edition of The Late Show. Host Stephen Colbert took aim at the recent passage of a bill through the House and Senate that would allow Internet providers to sell private user data without their consent.

“Anybody here use the Internet?” Colbert queried his audience. “Might want to knock that off. Congress has now voted to allow internet providers to sell your web browsing history”

Colbert said he had gone one step further. “I’ve got nothing to hide, I burned my computer this morning.”

Joking (but not really), the late night host then moved in for the kill suggesting that the bill was emblematic of everything wrong in government.

“This is what’s wrong with Washington D.C.,” he said. “I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this.”

He continued: “Taking the side of a cable company? The only thing less popular would be if they passed a bill allowing traffic jams to call you during dinner to give you Gonorrhea.”

After the stunning collapse of the American Health Care Act, congressional Republicans are in desperate need of a legislative win. With tax reform likely to be a long haul, the new measure deregulating privacy could be it. Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill which passed on bare-bones partisan lines in the House and the Senate. Many of the president’s supporters online, however, have expressed anger about the measure.

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