Just the other day I was telling a few friends of mine how much I miss Jon Stewart’s take on politics. While I think Trevor Noah has done a decent job, Stewart was irreplaceable. Especially in an election like 2016 where we desperately needed his voice to add some sanity to a primary process that’s often bordered on the insane.
That’s why I was glad to see Stewart make an appearance in the news yesterday following comments he made concerning Donald Trump during a taping for David Axelrod’s podcast in Chicago.
“Are you eligible to run if you’re a man-baby, or a baby-man?” Stewart asked. “I don’t know if they’re referred to as man-baby Americans. He is a man-baby. He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”
“I don’t know that a man-baby can be president,” he continued. “Character is destiny. And he is the most thin-skinned individual.”
After saying he preferred Hillary Clinton to be our next president, he did put some of the blame on Democrats for not being effective enough in proving that some government services can be beneficial to the people.
“The door is open to an a*shole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government can be effective for people, can be efficient for people,” Stewart stated. “If you can’t do that, then you’ve lost the right to make that change and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.”
I can find some level of agreement with that statement, but context is needed.
For the better part of the last quarter century, Republicans have controlled Congress. So it’s extremely difficult for Democrats to get the type of legislation they want passed when the GOP is actively trying to block everything they can or do what they can to water down what they can’t. For example, the Affordable Care Act. While I’m a supporter of the law, it would have been a much better law had Democrats not had to make some concessions to Republicans to get the law passed.
What’s lost in a lot of the rhetoric of the Republican party is that a huge piece of the party’s foundation is predicated on the government being “the enemy.” So there’s absolutely no incentive for Republicans to make the government efficient. In fact, it’s in their best interests to do just about everything they can to make our government as chaotic as possible. It’s really difficult to sell people on how awful the government is – when it’s running smoothly.
But Stewart hit the nail on the head when it comes to Trump. It’s something I’ve laughed at for months. While many of his supporters view him as some sort of “tough” and “macho” alpha male who “tells it like it is” (even though nearly everything he says is a lie), the truth is – he’s a thin-skinned, insecure diva who whines more than any politician in modern political history.
And we’re just getting started. If everyone thought presidential candidate Donald Trump was bad, just wait until the general election officially begins and confirmed GOP nominee Donald Trump emerges. Trust me, we haven’t seen anything yet.
Watch Stewart’s full interview and comments below via The Axe Files:
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