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Media critic: If Jon Stewart hadn’t left the Daily Show we might not be saying ‘President-elect Trump’

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Much has been made of the decline of The Daily Show following the departure of popular host Jon Stewart and, according to one media critic, had Stewart stuck around we might not be gritting our teeth and saying “President-elect Donald Trump,” today.

According to Kimberly Roots of TVLine, replacement host Trevor Noah lacks the “spark and vigor,” Stewart brought to the nightly news and comedy show.

“With Stewart behind the desk, The Daily Show spoke truth — often peppered with f-bombs — to power in a way that resonated,” Roots wrote. “Stewart exuded an Everyman frustration with government and politics that educated as it mocked. Noah has continued on his predecessor’s path, but the new host’s unruffled charm at times lends him a distance Stewart never showed.”

As Roots notes, a substantial amount of people get their news from programs like The Daily Show, Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal on TBS, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight seen on HBO and that many of those people skew younger, up to their mid-30s.

“Now think about how voter turnout at the polls Tuesday was incredibly low; the United States Elections Project projections show that 43.2 percent of Americans eligible to vote this year chose not to,” Roots continued. “I very strongly believe that Stewart, whose audience averaged 1.7 million viewers in 2011-2012, might’ve swayed some of the on-the-fencers to get out and make their voices heard, if only to have complaining rights in the years to come.”

Now that we look forward with dread to four years of President Donald Trump, Roots has a suggestion.

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“I end with an appeal to the man who coined the name ‘F*ckface Von Clownstick’: Jon, please return to regular political commentary. Now, more than ever, America could use a Moment of Zen.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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