Former Daily Show host and 9/11 first-responder champion Jon Stewart sat down with former White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod to discuss the collapse of the Republican Party and the rise of Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee. Stewart did not hold back any of his biting wit and irreverence as he scathingly eviscerated the abrasive business tycoon, whom he described as “thin-skinned” and an “unrepentant narcissistic a**hole.”
“I’m not a constitutional scholar, so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby, or a baby-man?” Stewart said Monday during a taping of Axelrod’s “The Axe Files” podcast. “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands…When was America great? What is this time that he speaks of? ’81 to ’82? Like what are we talking about? And who took your country away from you? At this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump.”
Stewart was not the only comedic voice to take aim at Trump today, either – Jeb Lund of RollingStone and the the Guardian published an amusing denouncement of the entire election cycle today, criticizing the utter absurdity of the media’s coverage and the flagrant disregard of truth and facts by all sides. “Donald Trump [is] an orange sorbet mistakenly served to the world with a discarded Eighties New Wave wig atop it” who is “tweeting like a teen troll sadist with zero object permanence.” He had no doubts that the Republican Party would fall in line behind Trump, because the Republican “principled class…are the cinder block on a makeshift front-lawn auto-body shop: dumb as a brick and capable of supporting anything.”
It’s spot-on assessment.. After cherry-picking narratives and ignoring unpleasant truths, the Republican base took it upon themselves to celebrate Bush’s disastrous wars and ignored former Governor Romney’s healthcare plan while spending the next eight years fighting against it on a national level. The GOP establishment is entirely without coherent principles or values; they just adjust their platforms to whatever demands their oligarch puppet-masters make of them each election cycle.
Both comedians speak to the utter lack of substance and that has framed the Republican primary. The ideas of Trump exist in a universe of delusion that has no connection with the realities that our next president must face – and the fact that this doesn’t bother his supporters should be a glaring warning for us all.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.