Leave it to Jon Stewart to mock conservative stupidity and hypocrisy better than almost anybody else in the business. On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart weighed in on the ridiculous Cliven Bundy situation that recently made headlines as armed idiots pretending to be some kind of militia convened in Nevada to show their support for Bundy and his 20 year battle to legalize his illegal cattle grazing.
Like many Americans who’ve heard about this story, Stewart seemed completely confused by the fact that Bundy has been getting support from quite a few people. He introduced his newest segment titled “I Don’t Get It” – brought to you by “Huh”? Because this situation makes absolutely no sense.
Cliven Bundy has violated federal law, courts have continually sided with the federal government in this matter, and his only “argument” seems to be that he doesn’t recognize the United States federal government therefore he doesn’t believe he should have to pay the fees. Stewart showed a clip of Cliven Bundy riding around carrying an American flag and then said, “If you reject the American federal government, at least have the decency of creating your own damn flag.”
That’s when he switched his attention to Sean Hannity and his hypocritical support for Bundy. Stewart showed several examples of Hannity attacking immigrant activists for “picking and choosing” which laws they want to follow and showed an example from Utah where atheist had lost a court battle (much like Bundy has lost his battles in court) where Hannity mocked these atheists, essentially telling them to get over it.
He then asked how “out there” has Sean Hannity become on this issue by showing a video of Glenn Beck explaining how common grazing fees are and how Bundy is essentially a “welfare rancher.” Stewart declared, “Sean Hannity has now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason.”
He then wrapped things up by responding to Bundy’s claim that he’s a little bit like the Founding Fathers. Stewart said, “Dude, you’re a welfare rancher trying to pull off the world’s largest cattle dine and dash.”
What this whole situation essentially breaks down to one man being so anti-government that he doesn’t recognize the federal government’s authority over land it owns. But when you really get down to it, it’s just some guy who doesn’t want to pay the fees he’s accrued over the years due to his cattle illegally grazing on federal land.
Here’s the video of the entire segment, it’s definitely worth watching if you have a few minutes: