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Jon Stewart mocks Chris Christie for stuffing pigs in crates for his presidential hopes

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Jon Stewart ripped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday for seemingly pandering to voters in Iowa by refusing to veto a bill against animal cruelty supported by 91 percent of New Jersey residents.

“I guess now we know Governor Christie’s presidential ambition is the one thing he won’t put in a tiny crate,” Stewart said.

The bill would ban the use of “gestation crates” for breeding pigs in the state. The crates are designed to keep sows separated from each other and facing in one direction during their four-month pregnancies. NJ.com reported that the bill has little effect in Christie’s own state, since there are not many pigs there.

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However, Christie vowed to veto the bill during a recent trip to Iowa, a pork production hotspot and the site of the first presidential caucuses in 2016.

“Let me get this straight: purely to advance his personal political goals, Chris Christie’s gonna veto a bill almost unanimously supported by the people of New Jersey,” Stewart said. “Which is weird, considering the kind of guy Chris Christie always says he is.”

Stewart then played clips of Christie insisting his job “is to stand up for the people of New Jersey” and criticizing attempts to put politics ahead of what they want.

“With of course the obvious exceptions of bridges and pigs — f*ck them, ” Stewart said in a heavy New Jersey accent.

On the bright side for Stewart, it gave the first-time movie director inspiration for a new project.

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“Next movie idea: Iowa-based sci-fi thriller, Rise of the Planet of the Pigs,” Stewart said into a tape recorder. “‘This summer, go hog-wild, and save your bacon.'”

Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.

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Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.

"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."

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‘Why not cooperate?’ CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hammers Pence’s chief of staff over impeachment stonewalling

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," anchor Wolf Blitzer challenged Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short to justify the administration's stonewalling of the impeachment inquiry.

"Wolf, the reality is that the last three years, they've been trying to overturn the will of the American people. They're trying to take away the votes of the American people," said Short. "This whole impeachment has been a sham. What they've tried to prove there is no proof of ... I think it sets a dangerous precedent."

"Here's what I don't understand," said Blitzer. "If the president has nothing to hide, it was a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine, why not cooperate, provide the documents, why not let individuals go before the committees and testify?"

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Nancy Pelosi praised as ‘the only serious national leader’ in America — and Trump is ‘jealous’

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was praised on Thursday for her leadership as she directed the House of Representatives to begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

MSNBC's anchor Nicolle Wallace played a clip of the Speaker's press conference, where Pelosi strongly replied after a question on whether she hated Trump that was asked by James Rosen, who works for the right-wing Sinclair Broadcasting network.

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