Even though it’s been well over a year since Jon Stewart left The Daily Show, the show still doesn’t seem right without him. Trevor Noah has been a solid replacement, but I don’t find myself feeling the need to watch The Daily Show every night like I once did.
Well, after a year in which he’s largely stayed out of the limelight (aside from a couple of appearances on Stephen Colbert’s CBS show as well as other random interviews), Stewart decided to chime in on the 2016 election at a “Stand Up For Heroes” comedy event in New York City that helps support veterans and their families.
And even though he hasn’t been a fixture in the political media for over a year, he was on his A-game Tuesday night.
“To be here tonight with you guys, my heroes, on the eve of the last American election is so exciting,” Stewart said. “I’m not in the game anymore. I’m not as much of a political analyst… but if I could ask you a question that I’ve been saying to my television, it’s ‘What the f*ck? What the f*ck is going on? What is happening?!'”
“I thought when a guy got off a bus and says, ‘I’m going to grab her on the p–sy’ then okay, we’re done. The election is over,” he added. “Usually that is a signifier that we don’t have to pay attention anymore.”
Though as we all know, it wasn’t. While Trump’s numbers did take a dip, it wasn’t nearly big enough based upon the fact that a major party’s presidential candidate was caught on video admitting to sexually assaulting women and trying to cheat on his wife with another married woman.
Stewart also addressed the recent controversy surrounding the letter FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“Then the FBI jumps in, and all of a sudden there’s a whole new thing and then it goes back to Anthony Weiner?” Stewart quipped. “This is insane – as a writer, honestly, the first woman president and she’s taken down by Bush and Weiner, like, that’s just bad writing.”
He then poked fun at Trump’s continued whining about a “rigged system.”
“Dude, you live in a tower with your name on it in gold,” Stewart mocked. “How well would you be doing if the man wasn’t keeping you down?”
When you think about it, a rich white male who was given a “small loan of a million dollars” by his father whining about a rigged system is possibly one of the most absurd things any of us have ever seen in politics. A man who’s admitted to trying to buy politicians is now claiming that the very system he spent years trying to corrupt is now “rigged” against him. Someone who’s lived in a world where practically everything has been handed to him his whole life is claiming that the “system is rigged” against — him.
Let’s not forget that Trump has also claimed that a “rigged system” helped elect President Obama.
To put all of this in another way: A rich white male raised by a wealthy family is claiming that the “rigged system” is set up to elect African Americans and women — while holding him back.
Now if that’s not the best way to summarize the current delusional state of a the Republican party, I don’t know what is.
But it was good to see Stewart talking politics again. If there was one election where we desperately needed more voices like his, it was this one.
Watch a 5-minute clip from Stewart’s performance below: