On his show Monday night, The Daily Show host ruthlessly mocked Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi after prosecutors ordered the arrest of his kindred satirist, Bassem Youssef.
Youssef, who like Stewart hosts a TV show that pokes fun at political figures, turned himself in on Sunday after being accused of insulting Morsi and Islam. Stewart noted the country seems to have bigger problems to deal with, like rampant sexual assault and incredibly high unemployment.
Morsi, as Stewart observed, has himself publicly insulted Jews. Stewart lampooned the Egyptian president for describing the Jewish “bloodsuckers” as “descendents of apes,” noting that humans and modern apes in fact shared an evolutionary ancestor.
“So Bassem Youssef pokes fun at your hat and your lack of promised democratic reforms,” he remarked. “What are you worried about? You’re the president of Egypt. You have an army. He has puns and a show. You have tanks and planes — we should know, we still have the receipts. Look, silencing a comedian doesn’t qualify you to be President of Egypt, just president of NBC.”
Stewart knocked Morsi for being so petty when he had so much power, noting that in his 15-years as the host of The Daily Show he was unable to topple any governments, stop wars, or even get Jim Kramer off the air.
“By the way, without Bassem and all those journalists and bloggers and brave protestors who took to Tahrir Square to voice dissent, you, President Morsi, would not be in a position to repress them,” he added.
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