As he stepped into an elevator, Santos told reporters he would not step down unless 142 people told him to quit.
“That’s a weird answer,” Colbert said. “And that’s a weirdly specific number.”
He noted his theater holds about 450 people.
“I’m gonna guess that at least 142 of them would make a better congressman than George Santos,” he said.
Santos later claimed that he said 142,000 people ― the number who voted for him ― but “the elevator cut that.”
“No it didn’t,” Colbert said. “He knows about cameras right?”
The “Late Show” host rolled the video: