Colbert Skewers GOPers Who Called ‘Backsies’ On Debt Ceiling Vote (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert on Wednesday roasted Senate Republicans for formally disapproving of their own previous votes to hike the debt ceiling and avert a default crisis.

Twenty-seven Republican senators voted Tuesday for a symbolic “resolution to disapprove” of raising the debt ceiling, a vote mandated by a provision Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inserted into the debt deal. The resolution failed to pass due to Democratic opposition. 

“I believe the motion was titled ‘S.R. 346 Fiscal I Call Backsies,'” Colbert said of the Republicans’ attempt to give themselves political cover for reelection.

“In short, GOP senators voted for raising the debt ceiling on the stipulation they could vote against having voted for it,” he continued, “proving that Republicans may not be bipartisan, but they may be bipolar.”

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