The joke goes to Stephen Colbert.
On his “Late Show,” the prankster accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon of Michigan of fabricating a story about a Democratic voter who changed his party affiliation to the GOP because he was frustrated with “pornographic” material in libraries.
But it turns out that the supposedly fictional man is very real.
Khalil Othman, 41, a former Dearborn City Council candidate, came forward as the man Dixon referred to in an Oct. 25 debate against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“To say I’m not here, I don’t exist, I’m not human, that’s utter ignorance,” Othman told the newspaper.
In Colbert’s monologue the day after the debate, the comedian joked about voters’ concerns about sexually explicit materials found in libraries.
“Dixon isn’t the only one worried about this issue. That’s what this guy is like that she totally made up,” Colbert said.
Colbert then played a clip of Dixon recounting how she had been approached by Othman, a father of five, about his frustration with Democrats.
“A couple of nights ago a gentleman came up to me and he said, ‘I found some content in my school library that describes how to have sex with my son,'” Dixon said in the clip of the debate.
“He said, ‘A few weeks ago I wasn’t just a Democrat, I was running for office as a Democrat.’ He said because the Democrats would not stand up for our children and go back to basics, ‘I’m leaving the Democratic Party,'” Dixon added.
In his monologue, Colbert described Dixon as an “anti-election MAGA Republican” and ridiculed her account of the Democrat-turned-Republican.
“Okay, well, that’s what happened,” he said sarcastically, using air quotes to emphasize his skepticism.
During a campaign stop in Dearborn on Sunday, Dixon hit back at Colbert.
“I told his story (during the debate),” she told the hundreds in attendance, according to the Free Press.
“And Stephen Colbert is picking it up. … And they do this whole skit about how that never happened. That’s what he said, this story never happened. That’s where the Democrats are right now. You don’t exist, your stories don’t matter,” she added.
Meanwhile, Othman shared a video on Facebook of his first meeting with Dixon at an Oct. 21 rally in Flat Rock.
“My name is Khalil Othman. I came all the way from Dearborn, Michigan. I’m here with two parents, concerned parents… against these sexually explicit books,” he captioned the clip.
“I am a proud Muslim American who constantly voices my values and concerns,” Othman continued. “Dearborn has voted Democrat blue for the last ten or two decades. But not anymore. On behalf of myself and my family, I guarantee you with certainty that my family and friends will vote Republican.”
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Othman slammed Colbert for claiming the candidate’s account of him was fabricated.
“Once that person has done their due diligence and started research, or have their team do a little research into who this person who attended Dixon’s rally is, they can easily find my name on social media right away. Just google it,” said Othman.
CBS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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