Like a twinkling lodestar returned to the night sky to guide us out of the moral morass of these elections, Jon Stewart returned, however briefly, to the late-night, truth-in-comedy scene, emerging last night from behind Stephen Colbert‘s desk on The Late Show.
“Thanks for stopping by,” says Colbert. “Is there something I can help you with?”
“I actually wondered if maybe, I don’t know, if I could talk about the election for a little bit?” Stewart asks, casually drumming his hands on the desk. After Colbert gives him the ok, Stewart commandeers Colbert’s seat, with Colbert giving him an assist by placing a blazer and clip-on tie over Stewart’s plain gray t-shirt.
Sartorial considerations settled, Stewart opens with a description of Donald Trump delivering his acceptance speech last night at the RNC as an “angry groundhog” who “just vomited on everybody for an hour.”
Stewart procedes with a vintage delivery, drudging up old and new clips of Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity criticizing in President Barack Obama the very things Donald Trump embodies or that that Hannity is now praising Trump for.
His closer was an equally classic Stewart tour de force.
Here’s where we are either Lumpy [Hannity] and his friends are lying about being bothered by think-skinned authoritarian less-than-Christian readers of prompter being president or they don’t care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter authoritarian tyrant narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back because you feel like you are this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that–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 of military, police and firefighters.
At that, Stewart goes into an issue he has spent a lot of time promoting and fighting for.
Trust me. I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their blue lives matter rhetoric who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders bill reauthorization. I see you, and I see your bullshit.
That last word was bleeped out, of course.
Watch the full video below, if you can handle the nostalgia.