Stephen’s Tribute To Antonin Scalia

Published on February 16, 2016

A lot has been and will be said about the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but Stephen has one very specific memory of the man.

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  • Michael Mccafferty 4 years ago

    the fact that he was a man who made social justice warriors on the left
    spew there insensitive hate speach even while lying dead, shows he was a
    truly principaled and a great man. much respect justice scalia

  • Brick Tamland 4 years ago


  • cory gonzalez 4 years ago

    the old him is played by Larry David, the young Bernie should be played by
    woody Allen.

  • octopibingo 4 years ago

    Very nice.

  • shannon lyons murphy 4 years ago

    When I need to feel brave and want to laugh, I watch the 2006 White House
    Correspodents dinner. I love the clip of Scalia genuinely laughing, the
    only person smiling in the whole front row.

  • QuantumBraced 4 years ago

    Just because he’s dead I won’t pretend that he wasn’t a Republican who
    blocked progress in this country until his dying breath. He wasn’t a strict
    constitutionalist or any of those terms that get thrown around. He always
    voted strictly Republican, depending on what that meant at the time, and he
    adjusted his “interpretation” to fit the Republican rhetoric at that time.
    He was also an idiot. He said creationism made as much sense scientifically
    as evolution if not more so. That’s who we had on the supreme court,
    someone who literally thought the Earth was 6000 years old, and that’s
    scientifically verifiable, more so than actual science. Not celebrating the
    man’s death, but celebrating his vacating the seat.

  • Fancy Hat 4 years ago

    #HumbleBrag 0:54

  • Avidon Saadatfar 4 years ago

    I’m not saying I’m glad he died, but I am saying I’m glad he’s dead.

  • 8585 4 years ago

    Scalia died? Good. Fuck him and fuck your tribute.

  • Thomas Goldfinch 4 years ago

    Ever so sadly, it is blatantly apparent that for Stephen Colbert’s
    “opinion” about the PENULTIMATE legal knuckle dragger, the Bronze Age myth
    defender theocratic regressive Antonin Scalia, their Roman Catholic shared
    blood-on-their-hands is thicker than the ever fresh water of American
    respect for US Constitutional EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW promise as it has
    been chiseled into the stone facade of the US Supreme Court building!
    Decidedly NOT your best moment there, Stephen!

  • Kyle Landry 4 years ago

    A disgusting man throughout his entire life deserves respect because he
    I guess I should take back all those mean things I said about Hitler post

  • NorthernControversy 4 years ago

    Colbert should not have an opinion on this

  • Sorrow0265 4 years ago

    Foul Play has been sighted in Scalia’s death.
    They even refused an autopsy.

  • thedanperezvids 4 years ago

    Turn on the captions. lol …

  • Riga T. 4 years ago

    You don’t wanna disrespect him but you praise a man by how firmly he stood
    to his principles, in a role where justice is supposed to IMPARTIAL? We’re
    not even going to discuss how many times the constitution has been breached
    and the justices did nothing, but only when he’s dead are we going to start
    singing praises about the few times this guy did? C’mon, when arguing about
    Texan laws against homosexual sex, he said what they were doing was well
    within the range of traditional democratic action while completely ignoring
    the fact that the laws were working against homosexuals. Were they not
    considered democratic subjects?

    After whatever change I’m sure he impeded is undone, we can be respectful.
    Until then I’m glad the old fuck is worm food.

  • moviefanaticfan69 4 years ago

    Justice Antonin Scalia is a Hero. Every American should be proud that
    Scalia believed in freedom for all Americans.

  • Howhaveyouben 4 years ago

    Hitler had an appreciation for art and he died… I don’t see anyone
    throwing respect his way… respect must be earned… if it’s given out of
    pity or tradition then what’s the point

  • Thomas Servoski 4 years ago

    Scalia is to intellectualism as Nickelback is to Rock & Roll

  • gabb05 4 years ago

    everyone, turn CC on…funniest shit i’ve read

  • Mike Williams 4 years ago

    That is class. You can disagree with somebody and still respect them as a
    human being.

  • SJP 4 years ago

    I say fuck Antonin Scalia. He was a piece of shit who held back social
    progress. The country is better off without him as a justice. I had
    absolutely no respect for him when he was alive, so why should I have any
    respect for him now?

  • zach b hy-a-ton 4 years ago

    YouTube finally added audio comments

    ? ▶____________1:02 ?

  • Deathjaw41 4 years ago

    What makes me sad is that most liberals danced and praised his death. And
    then went onto Twitter and started a hashtag targeted at Justice Clarence
    Thomas where many liberals started wishing he would hurry up and join
    Scalia in the grave. It is absolutely disgusting to see Americans wish
    death upon other Americans. I can tell you this: I absolutely hate Ruth
    Bader Ginsburg. I hate President Obama. I hate Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi
    and Hillary Clinton but NEVER would I wish death or harm upon them or any
    of their family. When I had learned that Jimmy Carter was diagnosed with
    cancer, I was so mad to see so many republicans saying “good let him die”
    and I would tell them “he was a horrible president in our eyes but has done
    so much for humanity since he left office, through charity work. He is a
    better person than he was a president. You shouldn’t wish death upon him
    just because you didn’t like him as a president.” Another time was Joe
    Biden’s recent tragedy of his son dying from cancer. I saw less ill-will
    towards Biden than I saw with Carter, but it still existed and I detested

    Americans haven’t wished death and ill-will on this kind of a scale since
    right before the Civil War. Yes, Americans have always had disagreements
    and angst and anger towards each others viewpoints, but not each other on a
    personal level.

    I saw giant LGBT and other big liberal groups cursing Scalia when it was
    found that he died, and cursing the other Justices and wishing they could
    hurry up and die. America, we’re in a bad spot, we’re in a spot where
    Americans wish death upon other Americans. And it goes both ways, it just
    so happens that the liberal side is showing their true colors.

    One last point: Why does it take a tragedy like 9/11 for America to truly
    feel united? Why is it so easy for Americans, on both sides, to forget the
    lessons of the past? We should honor and learn our history rather than
    forget the lessons it taught us.

  • Joshua Jones 4 years ago

    “The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge.” –
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

    We lost a patriot, I hope there will be others with such empathy,
    character, and devotion to justice and the American People.

  • redflamelcd 4 years ago

    He was a terrible at his job and extremely contradictory in his rulings. So
    you shouldn’t eulogize such an asshole. Remember how much he loved states
    rights and then how al gore was robbed of the presidency because they
    didn’t do a recount in florida because fucking scalia be like “this is a
    federal issue”. Prick.

  • Trekkie NZ 4 years ago

    Whether you agree with him or not, I gotta like Antonin Scalia’s sense of

    God Bless you Antonin Scalia and RIP.

  • Red Monk 4 years ago

    Scalia was a joke

  • Ahmed Rafi Omar 4 years ago

    Wow! I think Stephen Colbert is now fully prepared to take on David
    Letterman’s role as the person who articulates the thoughts of a nation.

  • POLLVX 4 years ago

    What’s up with closed captioning? It has nothing to do with the video.

  • Dylan Palmer 4 years ago

    While I don’t agree with everything Scalia did, I have the utmost respect
    for his protection of our constitutional rights and public security. He was
    also a man of true heart and character. Anyone who disrespects the man just
    because he believed in creationism is a loon and is everything wrong with
    this country.

  • Al H. 4 years ago

    Well he was a piece of shit, regardless of him being dead.

  • Sebastian Deleon 4 years ago

    Did anyone else read the subtitles or is it just me lmao

  • Angelo Cudal 4 years ago

    Okay guys I’m gonna generalize just this once: Conservatives quick to bash
    liberals on their rudeness when they’re in fact blind to their own
    ignorance and hypocrisy

  • S Ortiz 4 years ago

    man you guys are hateful people down there?

  • Sigh Naps 4 years ago

    Well he was a horrid justice, but maybe not a horrid man. As much as I
    dislike him politically, a man with a proper sense of humor is a cut above
    most in politics.

  • cruzbohy 4 years ago

    he doesn’t even write his own jokes

  • Kaseyshere101 4 years ago

    A nice tribute and little human moment! RIP

  • Christian Tillman (Director) 4 years ago

    My administration and I don’t agree with Scalia’s views but we respect him
    and will continue to uplift his family in prayer.

  • Ikiratuki 4 years ago


  • RaptorSquad 4 years ago

    This is the one time I am ashamed of the liberals in the comment section.
    If you are a liberal and think conservatives hate on people because of
    VIEWS. He may not have been the smarted, most fair Justice out there, but
    pay respect were respect is due. You’d be pissed if conservatives started
    celebrating Obama’s death, right? Don’t be the same.

  • Karan Chauhan 4 years ago

    Scalia = Bush v Gore

  • TheRedRaccoonDog 4 years ago

    Antonin Scalia… an intellectual giant. Yeah. He thought the first
    amendment says the exact opposite of what it actually says.

  • Jesus Loves You 4 years ago

    That was nice 🙂 …..RIP

  • Andrew Rothman 4 years ago

    I give the Justice as much respect as he gave the American people… which is
    to say that I subtract from my respect whatever percentage of Americans
    aren’t straight, white, and wealthy. I am sure that those who knew him
    liked him, but as a progressive citizen I saw in him only a sticking post
    holding America in the past.

  • Ian Wixom 4 years ago

    Lmao read the captions ?????

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  • jumpinjimney 4 years ago

    colbert is a pompas dick know it all not ever funny dweeb over paid media
    whore look at me smarter than you suck my own dick head pos!

  • Andrew Caietti 4 years ago

    What are these subtitles?!

  • Katrina Reynolds 4 years ago

    Too bad that happened.

  • Logan Jackson 4 years ago

    Funny how all of these people in the comments have no idea that Scalia
    frequently went against his own personal beliefs in favor of the
    Constition. I suggest that before you insult a man’s integrity and ability
    to do his job, you do some actual research instead of remaining ignorant on
    his actions in the courts. Secondly, sadly, some of us cannot imagine that
    there are intelligent, principled, and genuine people out there that just
    happen to see the world differently than us. No one is perfect, but
    considering almost everyone that actually MET Scalia (unlike online trolls)
    respected and liked him, who are we to claim that he was some horrible man?
    Unless you are God or some supernatural being, who are you to judge a man’s
    heart? Especially one who was respected by those he agreed with and
    disagreed with, alike.

  • JyByrd Jybyrd 4 years ago

    Scalia didn’t “interpret” the constitution, He actually read it word for

  • Magnus McCloud 4 years ago

    thanks for sharing, Stephen!

  • Kim Tenneson 4 years ago

    You’re a class act, Stephen! I love ya!

  • abirch2014 4 years ago

    Scalia was a conservative with class. He’s what the conservative party
    should stride to be instead of the child like banter that the presidential
    nominees have been displaying. He may not have agreed with liberals, but at
    least he still treated them with respect like every human being should do.

  • WumbologistPhD 4 years ago

    People immediately boiled down Scalia’s death to the political
    ramifications, and no one has seemed to bother talking about him as a human
    being. Thank you Steven for giving this man some measure of respect and

  • Ben Hopton 4 years ago

    All of you fucking idiots squabbling over shitty political parties don’t
    realize that the supreme court is supposed to be politically neutral
    anyway. Show some respect for the dead you fucking animals.

  • DaddyLongLegs44 4 years ago

    I’m not surprised by the hateful things liberals are saying. it pisses me
    off, but I’m not shocked they’re being disrespectful. no class…

  • John Shiva 4 years ago

    He just wanted to be sure you told him to fuck off and go to hell before
    plotting your ‘getting mugged’. What’s the frequency Kenneth?

  • libert1ne 4 years ago

    colbert for presidnent#24

  • Vampirenightmare 4 years ago


  • Santiago Alberto Vargas Niño 4 years ago

    “I don’t know if you guys saw that”. The most annoying line Stephen Colbert
    has ever told. Might be the only one, though.

  • Caring Apathetic 4 years ago

    All the liberal hate towards the late Justice Scalia because he fought for
    conservative principles. This means I’m allowed to dance and shout for joy
    when Ruth Bader Ginsburg bites the dust, right? No.
    How about we respect each other, even if we disagree? People forget that a
    man, who was a father and grandfather, died here. And no matter what you
    believe, Scalia was an honest man who stuck to his principles (something
    that’s rare in Washington today). Much respect to Justice Scalia, thank you
    for serving your country. RIP.

  • Nathainiel Rudman 4 years ago

    Justice Antonin Scalia did his job according to his beliefs. That people
    here judge him so callously for his beliefs speaks of their own intolerance
    and ignorance. I disagreed with many of his rulings, however a powerful,
    judicious, man, one who stuck to his principles, passed away, and should be

    In addition, that’s a misinterpretation of a quote. Scalia was remarking on
    how, based on the Constitution (of which he swore to uphold and defend for
    his lifetime as a Supreme Court Justice), if he received a fair and full
    trial then the sentence would be Constitutional. That doesn’t mean that he
    thinks it’s right, and he himself said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the
    death penalty is ruled unconstitutional.

    This is the full quote, from a dissenting opinion on the retrial of Troy
    Anthony Davis.

    “This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a
    convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to
    convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. Quite to the
    contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while
    expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual
    innocence” is constitutionally cognizable.”

    The fact is, Scalia was a conservative justice. By that, I mean that he
    would uphold exactly how he believes the Constitution and past courts have
    voted, and he would very rarely try to re-interpret or challenge a past
    court. He wouldn’t twist the court for progressive issues, if he believed
    in them or not. You can agree with him sticking to the Constitution, or you
    can disagree, but either way, you must respect him for sticking to his
    beliefs and fulfilling his duty as he saw it.

  • 张丽平 4 years ago


  • o_o' 4 years ago

    I don’t care how good of a first impression he made on you. He was a sick

  • DukeNoche 4 years ago

    So awesome that the Late Show’s viewers have dropped so much. Fucking
    idiots thinking they can take the Colbert Report and make it the late show.
    This is just to show that the liberal joke only stretch so far until they
    reach a mass audience. Then it fall behind all the other shows cause people
    are tired of the same shit jokes that are progressive. Give it about a year
    before they replace him. If that.

  • 1643louis 4 years ago

    So you can be an asshole for a lifetime, but give you one moment of human
    contact once, and be redeemed?

  • Maisha Love 4 years ago

    Colbert is a class act.

  • GilbertoTX 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Scalia :'( 

  • MultiLisa10 4 years ago

    That was cool! He should have said more!

  • MckennaCountrCulture 4 years ago

    Colbert has a great way of being respectfully diapproving in very subtle
    ways. It’s obvious that he found Scalia enfuriating on some level due to
    his right wing politics and positions on various things, this tribute gets
    that across, whilst being tasteful.

  • MegaFunnymonkey123 4 years ago

    Colbert’s White House correspondent is one of the most badass moments in

  • Adam Griffin 4 years ago

    @The Young Turks this is how it is done you classless putz! Cenk take notes
    from this video, you smug, I’ll informed jackass!

  • jemimallah 4 years ago

    an “intellectual giant” who based his entire worldview on someone else’s
    interpretation of a set of nonsensical myths from 2000 years ago. right.

  • Todobond7 4 years ago

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to
    say it” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

  • Said Alhayek 4 years ago

    I like the new colbert, maybe even more than the old one.

  • The Messenger Says 4 years ago

    Go back to selling pistachios.

  • Stoshio1 4 years ago

    Justice Scalia was neither evil, racist, nor an asshole. His personal views
    didn’t come into view while interpreting existing law, which was his job.
    He was greatness. All you haters need to clean the lens through which you
    view life.

  • Vanesa Sevilla 4 years ago

    Did any one else notice the captions are different from what he is talking

  • babalabaloo100 4 years ago

    Liberals have no class. A man with a wife and kids died and you immediately
    express your gratitude to his death. Terribly disappointed to call myself

  • PhantomAct 4 years ago

    Well i don’t salute him. Good riddance. See you in hell Skullia.

  • Coconutmoniscool 4 years ago


  • Phillip Morris 4 years ago

    Glad the fat slob died. Birds will be shitting on his grave 24/7

  • King Ckang 4 years ago

    He was a genius

  • wddr12 4 years ago

    This pig was corrupt and payed by special interest groups: the trip in
    which he died was the bribe from his vote last fall. Rest in piss.

  • iaesis 4 years ago

    god this show is just a continuation of the colbert report.

  • Martin Cantu 4 years ago

    I have no idea what any of those gestures mean :/

  • Jacob Moghimi 4 years ago


  • thetoddsmith 4 years ago

    Whew. What a lesson on being the bigger man. Thank you.

  • zerosysko 4 years ago


  • hereiam2005 4 years ago

    He was a giant of a man. Made a lot of people’s lives miserable, yes, but a
    giant of a man nonetheless.
    R.I.P old man.

  • thehotsixer1 4 years ago

    Most people who watch Colbert never even knew there was a man named Scalia
    on the Supreme Court until he died. They also don’t know the other members,
    or how many are left, until they read it a couple days ago. Now they think
    themselves political geniuses.

  • Aeroldoth3 4 years ago

    Do you think it was okay to criticize Hitler after his death? Do you think
    people had to be respectful, or was it okay for some to vent?

    If you agree with the latter, then you’re agreeing that some people are
    okay to criticize on death. If so, then the only disagreement is where the
    line is drawn. Some feel it includes Scalia, others don’t.

  • Maciste1970 4 years ago

    Scalia was absolutely, undoubtedly, irrefutably MURDERED!!! He was about to
    rule on several constitutional challenges that would have muzzled the
    federal government. Most suspicious death of the last 20 years.

  • docwillems 4 years ago


  • Tristan Neal 4 years ago

    *Comment Section Breakdown*
    95%: People complaining about disgusting/offensive liberals commenting on
    this video.
    5%: Offensive liberals commenting on this video.

  • 1990banks 4 years ago

    If only he had extended the same courtesy to the rest of the American
    people, especially the powerless.
    Nonetheless, R.I.P.

  • oshmunnies 4 years ago

    This was a very honorable thing to do. I am, admittedly, a liberal (gasps),
    but when I heard of Scalia’s passing I was shocked and disgusted at the
    amount of disrespect, both in the form of insensitive jokes and flat-out
    hostility and hatred. I don’t care what people’s politics are or what
    disagreements they may have with the opposing side; every person deserves
    dignity and respect at their passing…particularly for a position as
    important and honorable as a United States Supreme Court Justice. Thank you
    for being so cordial and respectful, Stephen. You are a true Patriot.


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