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BRUTAL: Watch Jon Stewart TAKE DOWN Tucker Carlson over Russia visit

BRUTAL: Watch Jon Stewart TAKE DOWN Tucker Carlson over Russia visit

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What’s the difference between Tucker Carlson and a journalist?

It’s not a riddle, it’s the serious question Jon Stewart answered on his second show in his return to The Daily Show Monday night, as he exposed the truth behind Carlson’s pandering adulation of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Carlson traveled to Russia to film a series that’s less of a hard-hitting exposé than a soft-stroking suck-up, so weak that even Putin himself heaped on the humiliation by mocking and deriding the self-proclaimed newsman.

Now Stewart is breaking through the noise, addressing, among other things, Tucker’s suggestions that Russia is a better place to live than the United States.

He specifically honed in on Carlson’s worship of Russian subways and supermarkets, but it’s not all mockery and innuendo about the former Fox News host’s apparent utterly physical raptures at the existence of bread (although that segment does get a little NSFW).

His first reveal comes when he addresses the focus on how cheap groceries are in Russia — $100 in US money for a week’s worth of food for four, according to Tucker. Stewart says:

“It will radicalize you — unless you understand basic economics. See, 104 dollars for groceries sounds like a great bargain unless you realize that Russians earn less than two hundred dollars a week.”

In fact, the average Russian household income is about $7,874 annually — or about $150 per week in U.S. dollars, according to the CEIC.

That’s not all though. Unlike Carlson, Stewart is willing to address the other big difference between the U.S. and Russia, as he shares news footage of citizens being grabbed on the street for honoring Putin’s opposition, Alexei Navalny, whose “sudden death” in prison was announced last week.

“The difference between our urinal-caked chaotic subways and your candelabra’d beautiful subways is the literal price of freedom,” he says, addressing the portion of Carlson’s broadcast where he praises the public transportation system in Russia.

Stewart’s final assessment is that the far-right currently sees Putin as an ally instead of an enemy, because they’ve reframed the ages-old question of communism vs. capitalism that “drove the world since World War II,” as “woke” vs “unwoke,” and in that dichotomy, Russia is on the same side as Donald Trump, MAGA, Carlson, and other right-wing extremists.

“He’s their friend,” says Stewart, adding, “Unfortunately, he is also a brutal and ruthless dictator, so now they have to make Americans a little more comfortable with that.”

Watch below — content warning both for what Stewart calls Carlson, and what he suggests the right-wing propagandist might like to do to bread.

 

Stephanie Bazzle
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here:

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