Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked both sides of the unexpectedly bipartisan opposition to measles vaccines on Tuesday.
“Vaccine ignorance seems to have created some strange hospital bedfellows, uniting the fringe of left and right,” Stewart said. “It makes me realize, there’s no ‘Red America,’ there’s no ‘Blue America.’ There’s just a needlessly sick America.”
Stewart argued that, once President Barack Obama advised Americans to vaccinate their own children, that some conservatives would oppose the idea out of spite. But instead of backing medical science, prospective GOP presidential contenders like Sen. Rand “Dr. Paul, Anecdote Man” Paul (R-KY) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) chose to argue that parents should be able to opt out of vaccinations.
In Christie’s case, Stewart pointed out, his remarks came months after he quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox despite her testing negative for the Ebola virus.
“It’s nice that, unlike pigs in gestational crates in New Jersey, the governor has enough room to turn his stance around to change things,” Stewart said.
Stewart also showed footage of a Northern California woman who also argued that parents in her affluent neighborhood were reasonable in not wanting their children to be vaccinated.
“They’re not rednecks. They’re not ignorant. They practice a mindful stupidity,” he said. “If we want to get rid of measles, they’ll just steam them out of their vaginas.”
To better explain the situation, Stewart compared the threat of a measles outbreak to a zombie apocalypse, using footage from George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead as a backdrop. He argued that, in that scenario, vaccines serve as the metaphorical wooden barrier keeping the disease out of the house, with everyone tasked to do their part in keeping the barricade up.
“You trust everybody’s gonna do their job. And then you wake up, and it’s two in the morning, and there’s a f*cking zombie gnawing on your brain, and you’re like, ‘What the f*ck? Who didn’t board up their window?’ And that’s when some lady from Marin County who you let into your farmhouse goes, ‘Oh, I read an article on a wellness forum that says we shouldn’t sleep in boarded up rooms ’cause it f*cks you all up.'”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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Veteran journalist Sam Donaldson: Trump’s rabid followers will never get their ‘white Christian country’ back
Veteran White House reporter Sam Donaldson insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump's supporters do not represent the diversity of the United States.
"His strong supporters -- I mean, lock her up, I mean, all the things he says, all the vicious, mean things he says, they love it," Donaldson told CNN host Brian Stelter. "They’re good Americans otherwise. They’ll probably give you the shirt off their back, they’ll help you if you need it, but they have this fixation."
"They want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again," he continued. "They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that.
MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter on impeachment: ‘We don’t need a smoking gun… we have a smoking artillery range’
Columnist Jonathan Alter argued on Sunday that House Democrats should go ahead with a vote to open an impeachment inquiry because there is already more than enough evidence against President Donald Trump.
"I think there’s an argument they should move forward with a vote to open an inquiry," he told MSNBC host Alex Witt.
With regards to impeaching the president, Alter said that Democrats did not need a new "smoking gun."
"We don’t need a smoking gun. We have a smoking artillery range at this point," he explained. "There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that this president has committed impeachable offenses but you want to bring the country along so the timing for that vote to actually impeach him is this winter. It’s a little ways off."