It’s moments like these when I’ll miss Jon Stewart the most once he leaves The Daily Show in a few weeks. When it comes to addressing big issues going on in this country, I’m not sure anyone in the national media does it better than he does – and he definitely did not disappoint on last night’s show.
He started off by playing an audio clip of Ted Cruz calling the Supreme Court’s decisions on both the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage as “24 of the darkest hours in our nation’s history.”
“Truly, Voldemort has risen,” Stewart said mocking Cruz. “And the living will envy the dead.”
He then moved on to Republicans who seemed upset, not over the Court making this decision – but any decision. Stewart particularly focused on comments made by GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee who said that our Founding Fathers did not create a nation where five “unelected black robes” could have this sort of power.
“Then why did they put that article in the Constitution?” Stewart asked with a befuddled look on his face.
Though he saved the best for last, playing a part of an interview Donald Trump had with Jake Tapper. The CNN host asked Trump how he would respond to a gay person who might call him a hypocrite for saying he supports “traditional marriage,” yet he’s on his third marriage – a point Trump conceded is valid.
“Yes they do. That’s the point,” Stewart said. “You’re [Republicans] not gonna win the marriage equality fight because even a man who’s pathologically disposed to not understand other people’s points of view, unless it is also labeled ‘Trump,’ even he gets it.”
Then in the second segment, Stewart absolutely crushed Justice Antonin Scalia’s hypocrisy, even suggesting that last week might have “broke” the extremely conservative judge following several odd, rambling passages in both his same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act dissents.
Though Stewart focused most of his attention to the part of Scalia’s dissent where he claimed the same-sex marriage ruling went against the will of the voters, yet made sure to point out that Scalia voted against the Affordable Care Act (twice) – a law that was passed by the Congress and president that were elected by the American people. He also pointed out how Scalia voted for Citizen’s United which went against the “will of the voters” who support campaign finance reform… then voted to essentially strip racial protections from the Voting Rights Act, which was another ruling that went against the “will of the voter.”
In other words, Scalia used the argument that the court legalizing same-sex marriage went against the “will of the voter,” yet that’s something he’s walked all over plenty of times during his time as a Supreme Court Justice.
Both segments are definitely worth watching. Stewart once again did a fantastic job of shredding the idiocy and hypocrisy many on the right have shown, this time following the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.
Watch the segments below via Comedy Central: