Daily Show host Jon Stewart dissected Fox News Andrea Tantaros’ argument that the discussion surrounding the CIA’s torture of detainees was being fueled politically to cast the U.S. as not being “awesome.”
“First of all, this administration doesn’t want us to have this discussion,” Stewart said. “And also, that’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.”
On Tuesday, Tantaros and her fellow Outnumbered panelists accused Senate Democrats of releasing the report detailing abuses levied against detainees following the 9/11 attacks in an effort to make the country look bad.
“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,” Tantaros said at the time. “But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”
Correspondent Hasan Minhaj stepped in as a surrogate for Tantaros, telling Stewart he thought her rant was “awesome,” as well.
“It reminds me of our national anthem,” Minhaj said, before playing a clip of “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie.
“I’m pretty sure that it’s supposed to be ironic,” Stewart told Minhaj.
“It is not fair to hold us to an impossible standard like ‘never torture,'” Minhaj responded, adding “air quotes.”
Stewart then pointed out that it was the U.S. who set that standard, as defined in the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture. He highlighted Article 2 of the document, which states that “no exceptional circumstances” exist allowing a country to justify torture.
“Signed in 1988 by no shrinking violet, President Ronald Reagan,” Stewart argued. “We signed that.”
Minhaj retorted by saying the U.S. signs “ton of sh*t.”
“Look at the Declaration of Independence — we wrote, ‘All men were created equal,’ while we had slaves,” he told Stewart. “That was pretty awesome.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
Prominent lawyer Neal Katyal is best known for having tried over 40 cases before the United States Supreme Court and serving as acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.
But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
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"For the past four years, we, especially in the media, have heard Republicans in private are XYZ — disgusted, disturbed, troubled — but publicly, very silent, except in these moments where it really doesn't count, where everyone is doing it," said Cupp. "I think, in fact, if I write another book, I will call it 'In private: the great cowardice of Trump's GOP.'"
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On Fox News Monday, Tucker Carlson — who just a few days previously criticized President Donald Trump's attorney for refusing to provide evidence for voter fraud conspiracy theories — attacked the entire voting process as unfair.
"Other countries understand it, they don't use electronic voting because they know it undermines confidence in democracy," said Carlson. "We ought to revert immediately to the traditional system of voting, the one that served our democracy for hundreds of years ... but at the same time, we shouldn't let our focus on voting machines distract us from all that happened earlier this month. The 2020 presidential election was not fair. No honest person would claim that it was fair."