Comedian Stephen Colbert took a swing at Breitbart’s own Michael Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday evening, setting him up as the target in a liberal pushback against conservatives who criticized Coca-Cola’s commercial during the Super Bowl. The 60-second spot features children singing “America the Beautiful” in several different languages, set against various scenes of Americana–including, as Leahy pointed out, a pair of gay parents.
Leahy’s point was straightforward: Coca-Cola was presenting a left-wing image of diversity in America, one in which we embrace separate subcultures, accepting differences in language and lifestyle at face value, honoring each as equal to the others. That, Leahy argued, is fundamentally at odds with America’s traditional self-image as a “melting pot,” where newcomers embrace a Western, anglophone culture rooted in Judeo-Christian values.
Colbert pounced on Leahy–who holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford–as a kind of intolerant rube, too dumb to know that E Pluribus Unum isn’t English. The country’s Latin motto means “Speaka-da-English,” Colbert joked, using a xenophobic caricature to malign Leahy as a bigot. The audience applauded happily: the dilemma was easily resolved. Leahy and fellow conservatives were bigots and homophobes. End of story.