With the expanding Republican presidential field seemingly begging him to stay on the show, Jon Stewart had to admit that the thought of Donald Trump running might entice him to keep hosting the Daily Show past August.
“They’re all very colorful characters,” Stewart conceded. “But for me, there can be only one F*ckface von Clownstick.”
While Trump has been floating the idea — again — of campaigning for the GOP nomination, Stewart noted that he claimed to have a plan to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group during a Fox News interview, only to declare that he would not reveal it.
“Not because I don’t have a foolproof plan; I do,” Stewart said, impersonating Trump. “I have a foolproof plan that would work — save thousands and thousands of lives. But I’m not going to tell you. I’m withholding it for now, because I am a tremendous a*shole.”
While Trump is teasing campaign involvement, Stewart said, other new candidates like George Pataki and Rick Santorum are already lagging behind other likely hopefuls like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who claimed to be positive that Iran was lying about wanting a nuclear agreement because of his childhood experiences inside his father’s pool hall.
“You know what? I can’t even do the f*cking impression,” Stewart said as he tried to imitate Graham. “That is so stunning. You’re against a nuclear deal with the Iranians because they remind you of some South Carolina billiards hustlers you met when you were 8?”
But while Republican candidates were already making outrageous statements, the host argued, political pundits were quick to define Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as being too weird to be taken seriously as a Democratic opponent for Hillary Clinton.
“The problem here isn’t that Bernie Sanders is a crazy-pants cuckoo bird,” Stewart said. “It’s that we’ve all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy.”
Unlike the excitable, if “unpolished” senator, he observed, Clinton was surrounded by image consultants who will encourage her to, for example, adopt a Southern accent when appearing in Graham’s home state.
“Listen up, Secretary Clinton — I’ll do the Lindsey Graham impressions around here, thank you very much,” Stewart scoffed.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Thursday, below.
Trump’s ex-election security official attacks Giuliani for ‘apparent attempt to undermine confidence in the election’
President Donald Trump and his legal crew of misfit attorneys have waged 39 lawsuits to overturn the 2020 election. All but one of them has been laughed out of court. Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have continued going to court in an attempt to get a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump also fired his cybersecurity czar responsible for securing the election after refusing to corroborate the story that the election was stolen.
In an interview with "60 Minutes," Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, explained that Giuliani and Trump are apparently attempting "to undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people.”
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"None of those advisers will actually go to work for Donald Trump," said Jolly. "Consider just among the legal community the number of reputable lawmakers that said we won't have a meritless claim because their reputation is on the line as well."
He recalled all of the times Trump bragged that he would hire "all the best people" for the White House and cabinet.
‘Pathetic’ Trump ridiculed by MSNBC guest for latest attention-grabbing stunts: ‘He’s the Republicans’ problem’ now
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with host Maria Teresa Kumar, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin ridiculed Donald Trump for whining about his election loss and making plans to disrupt President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in January, saying the president can't stand not being the center of attention.
Asked about the president wanting to possibly hold a rally on Biden's swearing-in day, Rubin labeled the president as "pathetic."
"I think it's somewhat ridiculous and it's also a good test for the media, frankly," Rubin responded. "There is absolutely no bigger story than the inauguration of Joe Biden and no one should cover Trump's [ inaudible]. This is pathetic -- jumping up and down, 'me, me, me.'"