Some conservatives have been politicizing the earthquake in Haiti and Thursday Jon Stewart took notice. “At times like these I guess the only thing you can say that whenever something this horrific happens everyone comes together. Almost everyone,” said Stewart.
Rush Limbaugh was one of the first conservatives to politicize the disaster. “This plays right into Obama’s hands,” Limbaugh said on his radio program Wednesday. “Humanitarian, compassate. They’ll use to this burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community, both light skinned and dark skinned black community in this country. it’s made to order for them.”
Stewart frowned at Limbaugh’s remarks. “I think I know the cause of your heart trouble: you don’t have one,” said Stewart.
But Limbaugh wasn’t the only conservative voice spouting unfortunate comments. “I guess Rush Limbaugh is not the one you turn to in times of crisis. In times like these, you turn to men of god,” Stewart said, introducing a clip of Pat Robertson.
Robertson attempted to explain the cause of Haiti’s troubles on his show, “The 700 Club,” Wednesday. “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might want to talk about it. They got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said we’ll serve you if you get us free to the prince. True story but ever since they’ve been cursed by one thing after the other,” concluded Robertson.
“Shut your pie hole, old man,” exclaimed Stewart. “Out of all the things that you could draw on from your religion to bring comfort to a devastated people and region — look how big your book is,” Stewart said as he displayed a Bible to his audience.
“The lord is close to the broken hearted. He rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Fear thou not for I am with thee. Be not dismayed for I am thy god,” Stewart read from the Holy Book.
“But you decided to go with tough titties, devil folk,” joked Stewart.
“Have you read this book?” The Comedy Central host continued to read passages from the Bible. “From the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed from the lord who has compassion on you.”
“I mean, that almost sounds like it’s about a fucking earthquake,” exclaimed Stewart.
“You got all this and you went with an urban legend about a deal with the devil. None of this would have happened if those people hadn’t drank all those pop rocks and coke,” the comedian concluded.
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Jan. 14, 2010.