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.
Trump goes off script at UN religious freedom event to praise evangelical bigot Franklin Graham
President Donald Trump on Monday praised evangelical preacher Franklin Graham, who is known for his views against Muslims and LGBT people, at a UN event for religious freedom.
While speaking at the international gathering, the U.S. president went off script with his acknowledgement of Graham.
"I also want to thank Franklin Graham because he has been so instrumental in everything we are doing, such an incredible job in so many ways," Trump said. "Floods and hurricanes and every time I go I see him and he’s always there before me."
"I’m going to beat him one day but he is always at these places of really disaster areas. He is right there, incredible large staff of volunteers that are just amazing," he added. "Thank you very much."
House Dems are nearing a ‘tipping point’ on impeachment because they’re sick of looking ‘weak’: CNN reporter
House Democrats may have finally reached their breaking point when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump, CNN's Manu Raju reported on Monday.
After days of digesting news that Trump repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Raju reports, many once-cautious Democrats now believe that impeachment is the only option they have left to thwart the president's lawlessness.
"House Democrats are telling me this morning that they believe that the caucus is nearing a tipping point on impeachment because of this growing controversy, and because they believe that this will be a triggering event and that the public will get behind," he explained.
Meghan McCain accidentally reveals why she tunes out Trump’s wall-to-wall scandals
Meghan McCain unintentionally revealed why conservatives give President Donald Trump's corruption a pass.
The "View" co-host admitted she wasn't sure how bad it was that Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a family friend of hers, in exchange for U.S. military and financial aid -- and she blamed the reporting on a constant stream of presidential abuses.
"I'm very skeptical of anything anymore because I feel like -- no disrespect to journalists, but every day the end of the world is coming -- so how bad is this really?" McCain said.
ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl assured McCain that this story was, in fact, a big deal.