Jon Stewart’s Attack On Donald Trump Is Making Us All Miss The Late-Night Host
It’s been nine months and four days since Jon Stewart took his love away. The comedy legend retired from Comedy Central’s satirical news show, The Daily Show, late last year, leaving a noticeable gap in the late-night world (though his protégés, Samantha Bee and John Oliver, are making up for it). Stewart may have “retired” after an exhaustive 16-year run, but he’s still a comedian, and comedians need to make people laugh. Stewart satisfied his need by attacking Donald Trump during an interview May 9 with former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod, making everyone miss his charming wit.
On Axelrod’s podcast, aptly named “The Axe Files,” the comedian went off on Fuckface von Clownstick (his nickname for Trump) in front of an engaged crowd at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Stewart began the comedic fodder by questioning the business mogul’s qualifications. “I’m not a constitutional scholar, so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby? Or a baby-man?,” Stewart quipped. “I’m not here to be politically incorrect if they’re referred to as man-baby Americans… but he is a man-baby. He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands “
Conservatives weren’t the only ones to face Stewart’s wrath. Surprisingly, he blames Democrats for Trump. “The door is open to an asshole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government can be effective for people, can be efficient for people,” he said. “And if you can’t do that, then you’ve lost the right to make that change and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.”
Stewart also went after Hillary Clinton, saying: “I imagine her to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions — because I’m not even sure what they are.” Ouch.
My favorite part of the interview is when Stewart breaks down Trump’s inane campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. “When was America great?” Stewart asked. “What is this time that he speaks of? 1981 to 1982? What are we talking about? And who took your country away from you?”
There’s speculation that Stewart will be back on television before November’s election. When asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter if Stewart would be on the network in time for the election, HBO CEO Richard Plepler responded, “Yeah, I’m hopeful.”
Three months after leaving The Daily Show, Stewart signed a four-year deal with HBO. (Like I said, comedians need to make people laugh.) Details on the possible shows haven’t been confirmed, but Pleper mentioned their approach to development has been improvisational.
Watch the full interview below.
Who else is counting down the days until Stewart returns?