Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show on Tuesday by mocking the Republican-heavy Congress for giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not just a warm welcome, but nearly 20 minutes of applause for his much-ballyhooed appearance.
“Whether or not Netanyahu achieved his goals of sabotaging a deal with Iran or mistakenly opened up a rift in U.S.-Israeli relations, one thing is certain,” Stewart observed. “The in-chamber response to this speech was by far the longest bl*wjob a Jewish man has ever received.”
Stewart pointed out that the speech, prompted by an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in January, came on the holy Jewish occasion known as “Suuk-On-It Mr. President.”
“It was a festival of slights,” he joked.
While poking fun at Netanyahu’s claim that he spoke for not only Israel, but all Jews on Tuesday, Stewart acknowledged that, despite a sour reception from President Barack Obama, the prime minister’s appearance demonstrated how powerful Israel is.
“[Netanyahu] comes here, publicly slaps Obama in the face, and the president’s response is, ‘It’s OK, everyone should know I’m buying him gloves so when he hits me, it doesn’t hurt his hand as much,'” Stewart said.
However, Stewart said, Obama had a point when he said that the GOP would not have been as welcoming had Democrats invited the prime minister of France to criticize then-President George W. Bush’s case for war against Iraq.
“They would’ve gone f*cking bananas,” Stewart argued. “Republicans would have demanded the inviters be arrested for sedition and treason. For God’s sakes, just for France not joining our coalition, Republicans officially had the word ‘French’ removed from Capitol Building fries.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
GOP senator derails Lindsey Graham’s Obamagate hearing with profanity-laced rant on ‘grandstanding’
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) blasted senators on the Judiciary Committee on Thursday for what he said was "grandstanding for the cameras" at a hearing to review former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
“It’s bullshit the way people grandstand for cameras in here," Sasse told the committee. "The reality is if we didn’t have cameras in this room, the discussion would be different. The Senate doesn’t work. It doesn’t diffuse the partisan tensions that are leading the country toward dissolution.”
"Ninety percent of our committees are about people trolling for soundbites," the senator added. "That's what actually happens. Some of us have other work to do. People can troll for soundbites whenever they want."
Lindsey Graham says Obama officials are ‘good candidates for jail’ as he wraps up GOP conspiracy hearing
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held the Judiciary Committee hearing on the latest Republican conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama illegally used the FISA court to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump.
During his testimony Wednesday, Graham got Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to admit that in Aug. 2017 "there was no there there" about Russian collusion.
"I believe at the time, senator, and I still believe it was the right decision under the circumstances," Rosenstein said. "I think it's important to establish that an independent investigation found that the Russians sought to interfere in the election and that no Americans conspired with them."
WATCH: White man head-butts and spits on black man for honking horn — then calls cops on him
A black Texas man was viciously attacked in a racially motivated road rage incident.
DeVonta Brown stopped to buy coffee at a McDonald's drive-through in McKinney on his way to work Monday when the driver of a truck drove the wrong way to cut him off, and Brown said he screamed racial slurs at him for honking, reported WFAA-TV.
"You could see it in his eyes," said Brown, who recorded the confrontation on his cell phone. "You could see the hate in his eyes."