Jon Stewart Jokes About Staying After Another Wave of Candidates Joins 2016 Race

"Does anyone have something racist that seems completely out of nowhere?"

Jon Stewart seems to be getting cold feet about leaving “The Daily Show,” as another wave of candidates threw their hats into the 2016 race this week.

Although he remains unmoved by the campaign announcements of George PatakiLindsey Graham and Rick Santorum, the possible candidacy of Donald Trump (or as he refers to him “Fuckface von Clownstick”) has Stewart reconsidering the abdication of his desk to Trevor Noah — as the show’s host poked fun at the new candidates in another presidential vetting segment.

While some candidates, like Pataki and Santorum, are just kicking off their campaigns, Stewart pointed out that they are “losing ground to candidates who are in midseason, mildly racist form.”

Firstly, Stewart went after Carly Fiorina, who claimed that the Chinese cannot “innovate” and “aren’t terribly imaginative” — an irony not lost on Stewart, pointing out that the allegedly unimaginative Chinese invented paper and printing, while suggesting Fiorina drove Hewlett-Packard, a printing company, into the ground as CEO.

“That was a comment based on an old ethnic stereotype,” continued Stewart. “Does anyone have something racist that seems completely out of nowhere?”

Enter Lindsey Graham.

“My family owned a restaurant, a pool room and a liquor store,” said Graham in a clip. “And everything I know about the Iranians I learned at the pool room. I ran the pool room when I was a kid, and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are liars.”

So flustered by the Senator’s logic, Stewart was almost unable to do his renowned Lindsey Graham impression… Almost.

“You know I thought I was better than them at pool because I won some games,” said Stewart, impersonating the senator from South Carolina. “But then we started betting money and suddenly I was naked and my parents had lost the house. And I vowed on that day with God as my witness, I would never allow the Iranians to get a nuclear weapon treaty.”

Finally, Stewart turned his attention to recently announced Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, who he believed was getting unfairly treated by the media as an oddball — ignoring yesterday’s coverage of Sanders’ rape fantasy writings from the 70’s.

“The problem isn’t Bernie Sanders is a crazy-pants cuckoo bird,” Stewart concluded. “It’s that we’ve all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy.”

Watch clip, courtesy of Comedy Central.