Jon Stewart loves watching Republicans squirm at the Pope’s climate activism

The angrier they get, the happier he feels.


Eric Geller


Published Jun 26, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 11:48 am CDT

Pope Francis‘ recent proclamation that man-made global warming is a devastating threat to humanity has put Catholic Republicans in a tough spot, and Jon Stewart is delighted to see it.

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Stewart spent the first segment of Thursday night’s Daily Show bouncing from Republican science denier to Republican science denier, lambasting Jeb BushRick Santorum, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for telling the Pope that he should stick to religion and leave the policymaking to the professionals.

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As Stewart points out, though, highlighting the world’s ills and proposing solutions that respect all of humankind is, well, exactly the Pope’s job.

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*First Published: Jun 26, 2015, 8:53 am CDT