Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed her host’s anxiety about the possibility of his imprisonment.
His worry stemmed from Democrats’ introduction of a constitutional amendment that would have overturned Citizens United. Sen. Ted Cruz gave a speech early last week announcing his love for Saturday Night Live and his worry that any change to campaign finance reform could leave political satirists subject to imprisonment.
The pair viewed a clip of Cruz on the Senate floor arguing against the constitutional amendment, contending that passage of the bill could mean comedians would be thrown in jail.
Pelosi shook her head and shrugged helplessly.
“I don’t know if he didn’t know what he was talking about or if he intentionally wanted to use a scare tactic,” Pelosi said. “But that is as far from the truth as it could be.”
Meyers, a former cast member of SNL, became comically upset.
“Here’s why I’m worried,” Meyers explained. “Congresswoman, I can’t stress this enough. I can’t do time. I’m less ready for it than that girl in Orange Is the New Black.”
Watch their exchange here:
The Democracy for All amendment would have overturned the Citizens United decision and would have limited the amount of money corporations can give to political campaigns. But earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the bill.
At the time, the minority leader believed that the GOP was showing its “contempt for the voices of the American people.”
Pelosi called for broader support in overturning Citizens United.
“You reduce the role of money in politics, increase the level of civility,” the former speaker said. “And you will elect more women, more young people, more minorities, more LGBT community people to the Congress of the United States.”