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: ‘Any Jewish people’ who vote for Democrats have ‘a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the majority of Jewish American voters of having "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" because they support Democrats.
While discussing Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a talk with reporters, the president said he couldn't imagine any Jewish American voting for the Democrats due to the congresswomen's comments about Israel.
"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.
‘This is the Titanic, it’s already hit the rock and it’s sinking’: MSNBC pundit says of Trump’s recent polling
The Republican Party is going to need every dime it is raising to re-elect President Donald Trump because if the election was held today, he'd lose.
Jason Johnson, editor of "The Root," explained during an MSNBC panel discussion Tuesday that things aren't looking good for the president's numbers. Since 2016, Trump has lost three points with men, 19 percentage points with women, 19 with white Americans without a college degree and 23 percent with Independent voters. That's the ball game.
In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by 0.77 percent; he won Michigan by 0.23 percent and 0.72 percent in Pennsylvania. As Johnson explained, there's nothing that the national Republican Party and the Trump campaign can do to win except hope a foreign government hacks the election.
Every measure the White House used to tout a good economy has gone south: NYT economics reporter
New York Times tax and economics reporter Jim Tankersley noted Tuesday during an MSNBC panel discussion, that the charts and graphs the White House has used to show the strength of the economy have all gone south.
President Donald Trump has alleged there is a media conspiracy to spread “fake news” about the economy, but Tankersley explained that the metrics that the White House used themselves in September are showing the economy is slowing.
"Well, there's clearly a slowdown happening in the economy. That's what's going on," Tankersley said. "The White House can see it. I just published a piece updating some charts that the administration had used in September to show us all how great the economy was doing. And by almost every measure that they used to sell the health of the economy, things have gotten worse."