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Detroit Free Press refutes claim Stephen Colbert Tudor Dixon ‘made up’ person quoted in debate: ‘He’s real’


The Detroit Free Press has published a stunning rebuttal of comments by “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, which took aim at Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon during a recent monologue.

Last Wednesday, Colbert hit out at Dixon for sounding the alarm during the Oct. 25 gubernatorial debate over “pornographic” material found in Michigan school libraries.

“Dixon isn’t the only one worried about this. So is this guy she totally made up,” Colbert told her viewers.

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Colbert then released a clip of Dixon saying, “I had a gentleman come up to me a few nights ago and he said, ‘I found some stuff in my school library outlining how to do the love with my son.'”

“Okay, fine, ‘it happened,'” Colbert joked, using air quotes.

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon campaigns with other Michigan Republican candidates at a rally on October 27, 2022 in St Clair, Michigan.
(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Except it happened, according to the Free Press.

“A Dearborn resident whose existence was cast in doubt by comedian Stephen Colbert during a monologue last week has a message for the CBS late-night host: I’m real and my stint in the Republican Party so is,” Free Press journalist Niraj Warikoo began on Wednesday. .

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Khalil Othman introduced himself as the man Dixon referred to at a recent rally he attended.

“To claim that I am not here, that I do not exist, that I am not human, is utter ignorance,” Othman told the newspaper. “If that person does their due diligence and starts doing some research or has their team do some research to find out who this person who attended the Dixon rally is, they can find my name right away easily on social media. Just google it.”

Detroit Free Press refutes claim Stephen Colbert Tudor Dixon ‘made up’ person quoted in debate: ‘He’s real’

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert mocked Republican candidate for Michigan governor Tudor Dixon during his monologue on Oct. 26, 2022.
(Screenshot/CBS)

Othman, a father of five and a former Democratic candidate for state representation who emigrated from Yemen nearly 20 years ago, had shared a video on Facebook of comments he made at the Dixon event denouncing sexually explicit content found in school libraries.

“I’m a proud American Muslim who voices my values ​​and concerns all the time,” Othman said in the video. “Dearborn has been voting blue Democratic for a decade or two. But not anymore. On behalf of myself and my family, I guarantee you that my family and friends will vote Republican.”

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Dixon hit out at Colbert’s comments at an event on Sunday, telling his supporters: ‘That’s what he said, that thing never happened. That’s where the Democrats are at this moment. You don’t exist, your stories don’t matter.”

CBS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Detroit Free Press refutes claim Stephen Colbert Tudor Dixon ‘made up’ person quoted in debate: ‘He’s real’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon speaks on his primary election night after winning the nomination at Amway Grand Plaza.
(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Michigan’s gubernatorial race has tightened in recent weeks. According to the RealClearPolitics poll average, incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has a 3.4 lead over Dixon.

Fox News’ final power rankings have the Michigan governor’s race labeled “Lean Democrat.”

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Whitmer, who many thought would win re-election, is taking nothing for granted as top Democrats like former President Obama and Vice President Harris have campaigned alongside her in recent weeks in hopes of motivating voters .


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