Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked Republican lawmakers on Thursday for talking tough in referring to President Barack Obama as a “tyrant,” but never following up on their repeated insistence that he should be impeached out of fear it would only push more of the electorate against them.
“That’s how you know all this talk of tyranny is bullsh*t,” he said. “When your main concern when you’re deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections, that’s not tyranny.”
What made the latest round of GOP trash-talking interesting, Stewart noted, was that it seemed to stem from “word sausages” from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who referred to the increase in undocumented immigrants from Central America as “the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘No mas.’”
“If I may, it appears ex-Governor Palin has finally finished with mangling the English language, and has moved on to making Spanish incomprehensible,” Stewart explained. “She’s like a serial killer of language. Or whatever the opposite of a Rosetta Stone is.”
But the initial gung-ho push for impeachment by Palin’s party colleagues, he said, was soon replaced by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) eschewing that idea for the threat of suing Obama and accusing him of not implementing the Affordable Care Act — which the GOP has never supported — fast enough.
“Let me get this straight: the GOP is going to take down our dictator-in-chief with a civil suit accusing him of not properly executing a law they themselves have tried more than 50 times to partly or completely repeal,” a baffled Stewart said.
On the bright side, Stewart said, the prospect of a Republican lawsuit against Obama would at least mean that the two sides would be forced to interact — after a fashion.
“Finally, we the people will be represented by our elected representatives’ legal representation,” he said. “As the Founding Fathers envisioned when they were tripping on mushrooms.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Thursday, below.