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Jon Stewart schools ‘young padawan’ Marco Rubio: Your ‘1999’ joke was actually ‘complete rubbish’

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted on Tuesday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) looked somewhat pleased with himself for making a musical pun while announcing his candidacy for president, before pointing out that the joke was actually on the senator.

“Oh Marco, young padawan,” Stewart said. “I know what it’s like to have a joke so good you want to throw it out there, even though it’s complete rubbish.”

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Stewart seemed to launch into an impersonation of Dennis Miller as he recounted how Rubio said on Monday that “our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999,” a reference to the Prince song “1999” that had Rubio smiling.

PolitiFact noted that Rubio’s analogy was off, since the national budget was balanced under then-President Bill Clinton’s administration that year. Stewart panned Rubio’s comparison more strongly on Tuesday.

“Not only is the joke slightly lame, but it’s a little inaccurate,” the host said. “The American economy should be so lucky as to be like it was in 1999. The Clinton-era year was the peak of possibly the greatest peacetime boom in our history: budget surplus, low inflation, high employment.”

Unfortunately for Rubio, Stewart observed, the only “important Latino political story” many news outlets cared about on Monday was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to a Chipotle restaurant during her road trip to Iowa.

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“How could Rubio have known that on the exact same day he was launching his candidacy, Hillary Clinton would eat lunch?” Stewart asked sarcastically.

As reporters pored over everything from Clinton’s order to her sunglasses to how “relatable” the appearance made her seem, Stewart found himself wondering how CNN failed to go “full Malaysian airplane” on the story, with computer simulations and burrito analysis.

“It’s gonna be a long f*cking election,” Stewart lamented.

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Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.


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Meghan McCain’s pity party for Sean Spicer gets smacked down: ‘He shouldn’t have lied’

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain tried to help her friend Sean Spicer lauder his reputation on "Dancing With The Stars," but co-host Sunny Hostin quickly put a stop to her efforts.

The former White House press secretary showed off his dance moves Monday in a neon green ruffled top, and McCain insisted his dancing would be impressive at a wedding, if not on television.

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Black woman confronts racist tow truck driver over slurs: ‘I bet you this goes viral’

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A Massachusetts tow truck driver was caught on camera last weekend hurling racist abuse at a black man.

The woman, identified online as Nene Judge'mayo, shared video of the incident Sept. 14 with a driver from Robert Towing in Brighton.

"Because of your f*cking n*gger husband," says the driver, whom she identified as Jeff, as he walked toward his truck.

The woman confronts the driver about the racial slur, and the driver confirms that's what he said and then pulls out his own phone to record the incident.

"Look me up -- my last video of a white man went viral, of the motorcycle girl that hit the news," she tells the driver. "I bet you this goes viral, too."

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Trump’s old business patterns are now spreading across the federal government: report

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The Trump, Inc. podcast by ProPublica and WNYC is back. And we’ll be bringing you new episodes every two weeks.

When we started all the way back in early 2018, we laid out how we’d be digging into the mysteries around President Donald Trump’s business. After all, by keeping ownership of that business, Trump has had dueling interests: the country and his pocketbook.

We’ve done dozens of episodes over the past 18 months, detailing how predatory lenders are paying the president, how Trump has profited from his own inauguration and how Trump’s friends have sought to use their accessin pursuit of profit.

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