Like a 13-year-old fangirl, I jumped up off of my sofa on Friday morning as Jon Stewart took over for Colbert on The Late Show. As much as I love the job Trevor Noah is doing since he took over for Stewart on The Daily Show, I, like millions of others, have been dying to hear how Jon feels about the Republican shitshow at the RNC. Tonight we were finally given what we so desperately wanted – and it was scathing.
On his show, Colbert was talking about the Roger Ailes resigning from Fox News, when suddenly Stewart popped up from under the desk. After the two finished laughing about the demise of one of their mutual enemies, Stewart asked his former employee if he could take a few minutes to discuss “politics.” Stephen obliged and what followed was the best takedown of the GOP and their voters we have seen in a very long time. He started with Trump and ended with a powerful message to conservatives who claim to be “real America”:
This country isn’t yours. 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 the military, police and firefighters. Trust me, I saw a lot of people, 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 bullshit!
Sadly, it was over too soon and now we will all go through more Jon Stewart withdrawal for the next few weeks.
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