Daily Show host Jon Stewart called former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) out on Monday night over his insistence on criticizing pop star Beyoncé’s alleged vulgarity while seemingly giving Ted Nugent a pass.
“You excuse that type of crudeness because you agree with his stance on firearms,” Stewart said. “You don’t approve of Beyoncé because she seems alien to you. Johnny Cash shot a man just to watch him die.”
Huckabee responded by saying Nugent did not get nominated for a Grammy for the song, nor did he perform it live on national television at the time.
“My point is, that song is an adult song, geared for adults,” the possible GOP presidential candidate argued. “But today, we have a very different kind of depiction and things that are considered perfectly OK for kids.”
“My point is, you can’t single out a corrosive culture, and ignore the one that you live in because you’re used to it,” Stewart countered.
Huckabee attacked the singer in his new book, speculating that her husband, rapper Jay-Z, is “arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp” in regards to her career. On Tuesday, he told Stewart that she did not need to “be vulgar” to be considered a trend-setter.
“Do you know any parent who has a daughter that says, ‘Honey, if you make really good grades, someday when you’re 12 or 13, we’ll get you your own stripper pole,’?” Huckabee said. “I mean, come on Jon, we don’t do that in our culture.”
“I think that’s diminishing Beyonce in a way that’s truly outrageous,” Stewart replied.
When Huckabee challenged him to read the book, Stewart quickly noted that he had.
“It ain’t Shakespeare,” he said, before laughing. Huckabee responded that he did not write it with the “Harvard faculty” in mind.
“The way you use ‘Harvard’ as a derogative blows my mind,” Stewart told him.
Watch the interview, as posted online on Monday, below.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.
Mitch McConnell flattened by ex-White House official for plan to rush through Ginsburg replacement
Appearing with CNN host Anderson Cooper, former White House adviser David Gergen rained hell on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he announced he would rush through a vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just hours after it was announced she had passed away.
Gergen, who served in the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents seemed beside himself with anger when he talked about McConnell who notoriously blocked Merrick Garland from the court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
"Mitch McConnell has just thrown down the gauntlet, we're going to have a titanic fight over this," Gergen exclaimed. "Yes, as Jeffrey [Toobin] has said, it will mobilize a lot of people on the right, the hunger still to overturn Roe vs Wade to get social issues on the 6-3 court, they will think Donald Trump has delivered on his promises."