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Jon Stewart’s glorious return to political comedy featured an epic Donald Trump rant

After eight months off the air, he isn't holding back.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on May 10, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 7:38 pm CDT

Jon Stewart has, for the most part, stayed out of politics since his retirement from The Daily Show, but he finally seized his chance to insult the presidential candidate he once mocked with glee.

While Seth Meyers and Samantha Bee have been called the heirs to Stewart and new Daily Show host Trevor Noah has failed to meet unrealistic expectations, the late-night crowd has largely fallen short in the late-night political comedy department. In the face of nastier-than-usual politics and the rise of Donald Trump, fans have continued to mourn Stewart’s exit at a time when people have never needed him more.

Stewart delivered with an epic Trump rant on Monday when he joined former Obama adviser David Axelrod on the Axe Files podcast in Chicago. If this were The Daily Show, it probably would’ve been a segment full of contradictory clips, terrible impressions, graphics, and downright mocking of both Trump and the media. (Meyers and John Oliver have both done this to little real-life effect.) But it’s not, so instead we just have Stewart getting riled up—but we’ve sure missed that.

“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 asked. “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”

Trump may have received the most direct fire—Stewart pointed out that the businessman has very thin skin—but the comedian also criticized the state of both the Republican and Democratic parties, the politician–media relationship, and Hillary Clinton.

Stewart said that Clinton was “a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are.”

“That is not to say that she is not preferable to Donald Trump because, at this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump,” he added.

You can watch the interview in its entirety below.

H/T Politico

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*First Published: May 10, 2016, 9:23 am CDT