…compliments of Stephen Colbert.

A perfect example of why going on Colbert – as attractive as it sounds to be on a national show watched by millions – and thinking you’ll be able to match wits with the sharp-minded host is often not the best idea.

Rep. Yvette Clake, whose lack of a bachelor’s degree (she left just one class worth of credits short) has been an issue in the past, struggled with the history of her borough during an appearance on the Colbert Report last night.

She claimed the Dutch were still keeping slaves in Brooklyn in 1898, despite the fact that slavery was abolished in 1865.

(H/T Colin Campbell)

UPDATE: Clarke’s spokeswoman tells Azi Paybarah her boss is well aware of the timeline of the period and when slavery was abolished, adding:

“It’s supposed to be a ha-ha moment. Some people understood, some people didn’t. Everyone has their own interpretation about her performance on the show.”