On the day Roger Ailes resigned and Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination, Jon Stewart returned to what he does best: rend Republican and Fox News. “>
Today, Roger Ailes resigned as chairman of Fox News after scathing accusations of sexual harassment emerged and Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination. Those are the kinds of tales with which Jon Stewart would have had a field day back when he was hosting The Daily Show . Sadly, hes no longer around to tell us how he feels about the news. Or is he?
Following his surprise appearance on The Late Show earlier this week to help usher The Colbert Report s Stephen Colbert back into our hearts, Stewart presented up once again Thursday night to deliver an old-school Daily Show -style takedown of the Fox News empire that helped build Donald Trump the Republican presidential nominee.
I simply want to say that, although I spent well over a decade making fun of his network and him and the damage I think he did to the world, the news of this man losing his chore gives me no pleasure, Stephen Colbert said, before asking the camera to cut away so he could laugh with elation. If only there was someone I could share this lack of pleasure with.
At that point, a bearded, T-shirt-wearing Stewart seemed beside Colbert. I was wondering if I could just perhaps talk about the election for a little bit, he said, asking the Late Show host to step aside so he could take over. After strapping on a coat and clip-on tie-in, he seemed to finally feel back at home delivering the type of scathing political commentary we havent heard from Trevor Noah or Colbert since Stewart entered retirement last year.
Starting with the RNC, Stewart said, The Republican appear to have a very clear plan for America. One, incarcerate your political foe. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball-and-Red Bull enema, and, three, spend the rest of the time frightening the holy bejesus out of everybody.
But instead of that, Stewart said he wanted to focus on the contortions many conservatives will have to do to embrace Donald J. Trump, a man who clearly represents all the things that they have said for years that they have detested about Barack Obama. After playing a series of Fox News pundits ripping the Democratic chairwoman, he said, A thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience? Yes, that voices precisely like Barack Obama.
To trace the journey of how the conservative media have been and will continue to justify the choice that Republican have made, Stewart homed in on a single target: Fox News host Sean Hannity, whom he referred to as Lumpy.
While Hannity believed Obama was the most divisive president in American history, he has no problem with Trump calling Mexican immigrants rapists. As Stewart added, Im not an expert on racial unity, but I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump.
Hannity has also slammed Obama for using a teleprompter, something Trump now does regularly. When he examined how Hannity once blamed the route elitist Obama orders a burger, Stewart even managed to work in one of his classic Arbys plugs. Hannity likes to call Trump a blue-collar billionaire.
Thats not a thing, Stewart deadpanned. Trump does seem like the various kinds of guy youd like to sit down and own a fleet of airliners with.
But more than anything over the past eight years, Hannity and his Fox News friends have eviscerated Obama for not being Christian enough. Yet when the Pope questioned Trumps Christianity, Hannity was outraged. Yeah, who died and made that guy pope? Stewart joked.
Heres where we are, Stewart said, defining off on a ranting that ranks up there with his greatest makes. Either Lumpy and friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being chairwoman, or they dont care, as long as its their thin-skinned prompter authoritarian tyrant narcissist. You simply want that person to give you your country back, because you feel that you are this countrys rightful owner. The only problem with that: This country isnt yours. You dont own it. It never was. There is no real America. You dont own it. You dont own patriotism. You dont own Christianity. You sure as hell dont own respect for the fearlessnes and sacrifice for military, police, and firefighters. Trust me!
I considered a lot of people on the convention floor with their Blue Lives Matter rhetoric who either keep silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders bill reauthorization, he continued. So I see you, and I see your bullshit, he added, triggering CBSs censors.
After briefly quoting Lin-Manuel Mirandas Hamilton, Stewart finished by saying, Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equal opportunities are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have espoused Donald Trump. Clearly the c next to your names dont stand for constitutional or conservative, but cravenly convenient
Before Stewart could get out that last c-word, Colbert blew an air horn and told Stewart the latter are out of time. Instead of dropping the mic, Stewart fell his tie-in on the desk.
He may be out of the game, but hes lost none of his ability.
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