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.”
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.
“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.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host
On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.
"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
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