Colbert Spars With Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Over Poverty (VIDEO)

Colbert came out swinging in his interview with Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, accusing the two of waging class warfare with their new book, The Rich and The Rest Of Us.

West & Smiley took Colbert's mock outrage in stride, sparring back with him while also making their case for the poor.

In a particularly inspired response to the host's suggestion that the book is a $12 guilt trip for the rich, West shot back, "You've got a whole lot of unemployed people, thank god, who are going to Bruce Springsteen's world tour, The Wrecking Ball... Why? Because he's a white blues brother and understands; he's concerned about the poor, too. If they can get a Bruce Springsteen ticket, they can buy this book."

Check out the full interview above.