It’s one thing to build up to a big announcement, Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Tuesday, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) overdid it when he took about an hour to take the stage for his own presidential announcement.
“At this point, Hillary Clinton was like ‘Just announce, already, please,” Stewart joked.
The Tea Party favorite formally entered the presidential race during a lengthy event in Louisville, which got off to an awkward start when former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) mentioned Paul being “elected the next United States of America.”
“I knew that Rand Paul had some unconventional ideas,” Stewart said, before stopping to laugh at a picture of a stretchy-faced Paul literally being “the next United States of America.”
The Paul announcement was also preceded by a series of video packages detailing both his policy positions and his relationship with his wife, including one that contained footage of Stewart talking about the senator.
“Thirty minutes into the show, I had said more at this event than the guy who was there to announce his candidacy for president,” Stewart observed.
Stewart also took note of the fact that Paul’s speech apparently moved one young man enough to flex his muscles.
“‘Hulk angry! Hulk angry at overwhelming government surveillance state!'” he joked, puffing up his shoulders to imitate the Paul fan. “‘Hulk want audit the Fed!'”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
WATCH: Katie Porter explains to constituents why her conscience demands support for Trump impeachment inquiry
Congresswoman Katie Porter, in a video posted on social media Monday night, shared with residents of her purple California district why she is joining dozens of other Democrats who support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
"I didn't come to Congress to impeach the president," said the first-term representative. "But when faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore my duty to defend the Constitution. I can't claim to be committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do."
Rick Wilson hilariously ridicules the ‘formal flip-flops’ and ‘dress cargo pants’ worn by Florida Trump supporters
Republican strategist Rick Wilson mocked the attire of the Donald Trump supporters who were bused in from around Florida for his official campaign kickoff in Orlando.
Wilson, a Florida man himself, joined MSNBC's Brian Williams for post-rally analysis on "The 11th Hour."
Williams played a clip of a Trump supporter with sleeveless Trump T-shirt identifying her as a "proud member of the basket of deplorables" explaining why she'll vote to re-elect the president in 2020.
"The main reason? Because he’s one of the best presidents we’ve had for a very long time," the woman argued. "Very long time."
Trump’s ‘tired and lazy’ re-election message ‘is not working’ at his Orlando kickoff: Florida Republican David Jolly
President Donald Trump's re-election is "in trouble" in Florida, a former Republican congressman who represented the state explained on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday.
"As we’ve been reporting the president officially kicked off his re-election campaign tonight in Florida, where he was greeted by a Quinnipiac poll released today showing he is losing the state of Florida to six Democratic presidential candidates in one-on-one match-ups," O'Donnell reported. "President Trump won the state of Florida by 1.3% of the vote so he cannot afford to lose any support in Florida."