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Watch Jon Stewart Annihilate Sean Hannity in an Epic Rant
by Faith Brar
Jon Stewart returns to the Late Show with one of his most powerful political rants yet.
Jon Stewart fans were heartbroken when the intelligent and witty TV show host stepped down from The Daily Show last August. Last night, much to everyone’s relief, Stewart decided it was time to stop by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to deliver a much needed political rant about this year’s crazy presidential race. Especially since the end of the over-the-top and highly publicized Republican National Convention.
Much like the 100 Naked Women that stood in protest outside the RNC, Stewart did not hold back. His rant focused on FOX news reporter, Sean Hannity, who he decided to address as ‘Lumpy’ throughout his rant. By playing a series of clips where Hannity degrades and insults our current President, Barrack Obama, Stewart says: “A ‘thin-skinned narcissist’ with ‘no government experience?’ Yes, that sounds exactly like Barack Obama.”
He then plays a clip of Hannity calling Obama, “the most divisive president in American history”—which Stewart points out was an extremely hypocritical statement considering ‘Lumpy’ had no problem with Trump calling Mexican immigrants rapists. “I am not an expert on racial unity,” he says. “But I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did re-tweet white supremacists less than Trump.”
Moving on, Stewart addresses the biggest problem FOX news seems to have with President Obama: just that he’s not Christian enough. Though when the Pope, arguably the most influential man of faith in the world, questioned Trump’s Christianity, Hannity was furious. “Yeah. Who died and made that man the Pope?” Stewart jokes.
Nearing the end of his rant, Stewart addresses”‘Lumpy and friends” and says, “This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no ‘real’ America. You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice for military, police, and firefighters. Trust me!”
He finishes by saying, “Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly the ‘c’ next to your names don’t stand for constitutional or conservative, but cravenly convenient—”
Before he had the chance to spit out the c-word, Stewart was conveniently interrupted by Colbert and his air horn. Though that couldn’t mask the sound of the cheering crowd as they watched Stewart leave the stage after doing a tie-drop instead of a mic-drop.
There’s no denying that Stewart has some serious skill and is most definitely still in the political commentary game.