Daily Show host Jon Stewart wondered on Monday why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) couldn’t show better bedside manner toward nurse Kaci Hickox after ordering her to be quarantined.
“Why does Christie have to be such a d*ck about everything?” Stewart asked. “He can’t just quarantine her. He has to be like, ‘Hey, you’re a doctor without a border — not anymore, get in the f*cking room, you self-sacrificing angel of mercy piece of sh*t.'”
Hickox was placed under quarantine over the weekend after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Despite saying she did not have signs of catching the virus, Christie argued that in time she would “appreciate” the measure. But Hickox hired an attorney who revealed that she was put inside a tent without a shower and without a proper toilet. (On Monday, Christie announced that he would allow Hickox to complete her quarantine in Maine.)
“I gotta say, a tent with no heat, no shower, you sh*t in a box … [I] still think most New Yorkers would be like, ‘What’s the square footage?'” Stewart observed. “‘What’s the rent? Is there a broker’s fee?'”
Stewart also dipped into a Rod Serling-esque monologue to mock U.S. media outlets’ reporting of the concerns over Ebola, showing footage of a report from Ghana, which was just across the Ivory Coast from “Ebolaland.”
“Submitted for your approval: a nation gripped by fear of an outbreak,” Stewart said as the Twilight Zone theme played behind him. “And yet all this time, the real virus outbreak menacing them was fear.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.