After discovering the questionable way the U.S. picks foreign diplomats, Daily Show host Jon Stewart proposed a way to bring non-partisanship back into the process: Send Fox News host Sean Hannity to Russia.
With current ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul set to leave his post at the end of the Sochi Olympic Games, Stewart said, President Barack Obama’s administration should select “someone we aren’t that crazy about, and [send] them away.” When a picture of Hannity showed up behind him — drawing cheers from the audience — Stewart pointed out, “He said he wanted to leave anyway.”
But otherwise, Stewart found evidence undermining House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) claim on his show that political corruption only affected the conservative side of the aisle; while none of the Obama administration’s selections to represent the U.S. in Argentina, Norway and Iceland had ever been to their assigned countries, he said, each had donated large sums of money to the president’s re-election campaign.
“Let me ask you this,” Stewart said. “Have any of you f*cking people been to EPCOT Center? Is there a rule that ambassadors can’t have set foot in the country they’re going to ambassador? Would it ruin the surprise?”
Besides giving the appearance of the impropriety Pelosi denied, Stewart said, seeing ambassadorships tied to fundraising apparently meant that the Iceland assignment was worth more than going to Argentina.
“Why would I go to the home of the tango, the world’s best beef, and the coolest pope, when I can hang out with Bjork and have a plate of Hrútspungar meat?” Stewart asked, referring to a local delicacy — ram’s testicles.
Watch Stewart examine the shady ambassadorships, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Trump attorney Sekulow’s impeachment defense of president blown out of the water with Lindsey Graham statement
On Saturday, one of the biggest opening arguments made by President Donald Trump's legal team at the impeachment trial was that there was, in fact, a risk that Ukraine had meddled in U.S. elections.
"Mr. Schiff and his colleagues repeatedly told you that the intelligence community assessment that Russia was acting alone, responsible for the election interference, implying this somehow debunked the idea there might be in — you know, interference from other countries, including Ukraine," said Trump counsel Jay Sekulow. "This is basically what we call a straw man argument."
But MSNBC's Brian Williams knocked down this defense with a clip from none other than one of President Donald Trump's biggest allies: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Trump lawyer Purpura busted by MSNBC for lying on the Senate floor during impeachment trial
Moments after the end of the Saturday's Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump concluded, MSNBC host Brian Williams pointed out that one of Donald Trump's attorney's lied on the Senate floor about the president's Ukraine scandal-- and he had a clip handy to prove it.
Sharing footage of attorney Mike Purpura stating the higher-ups in Ukraine were unaware that Donald Trump was withholding aid until after the government helped him by announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the MSNBC host called the attorney out.
To make his point that Pupura was being untruthful, Williams then showed a clip of Defense Department official Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay on the day of the Trump phone call that was the starting point of the impeachment trial.
‘That dog doesn’t hunt’: Ex-senator burns down fake GOP outrage over Schiff’s ‘heads on pikes’ comment
Speaking to MSNBC's Brian Williams on Saturday, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) had no patience for the GOP senators, including the so-called "moderates" Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), complaining about the closing comments by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) quoting an anonymous source to CBS News saying President Donald Trump and threatened senators would have their "head on a pike" if they voted to convict.
"Several Republican senators took umbrage," said Williams. "Collins is said to have reacted verbally in the chamber. Murkowski was hurt afterwards. Can they really pin a vote on injured feelings?"