Jon Stewart Returns to Late Night to Discuss Trump’s Unique Cruelty

“It’s not just that you don’t want people taking a knee, it’s that they’re sons of bitches if they do."

Jon Stewart’s retirement sort of represented how maybe the country thought things were going to go in 2016: like… fine. They thought things were going to be fine. Jon Stewart thought he could leave and the world would have no urgent future need for his commentary because what? The world was going to change completely, shifting alliances that have been cemented since World War II? Well, we don’t need to tell you that things have changed quite a bit. Jon Stewart, just as our nation is at one of its bleakest moments in recent memory, returns to talk directly to Donald Trump, giving him now two guys from CBS to rail against (Stephen Colbert, the former guy from CBS goes in under Stewart’s desk).

Stewart took the desk and railed at Donald Trump unique cruelty. It’s not just that his laws curtail the right of people in this country, its that they do so with a cruel relish. Jon Stewart said:

“It’s not just that you don’t want people taking a knee, it’s that they’re sons of bitches if they do. It’s not just denying women who accuse you of sexual assault, it’s saying they were too ugly anyway. You can’t just be against the media, they’re ‘enemies of the people.”

As for immigration… well, as Jon Stewart says, Trump really “fucked that up”. As Stewart says he could have made tougher borders if he wanted to, without this “Dickensian level of villainy” of separating families from their children.

Ultimately, Stewart points out, he doesn’t want Trump’s cruelty turned into virtue, and then spotlights a quote from Lincoln in regards to the south. According to Lincoln, that the south wanted: “This and only this: cease to call slavery wrong and join them in calling right.” Stewart points out that this is also, incidentally, what Trump wants. For people to stop calling his dickishness wrong, and call it right.

Jon Stewart is a powerful voice, and I sincerely hope he makes his return to television soon.

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