Jon Stewart’s longtime cultural touchstone The Daily Show may be coming to an end long before the November 2016 presidential elections, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t mining the field of emerging candidates for material during the last few months of his incumbency as America’s premiere comedy news anchor. Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Hillary Clinton all fell victim to Jon’s cutting jokes on Tuesday evening as he discussed possible pitfalls that the candidates could face in the upcoming year.
Perhaps none of the jokes was as biting as one made about former Florida governor Jeb Bush in regards to the potential candidate’s continued references to his cousin George W. Bush. Stewart chastised Jeb for making such a connection, joking that invoking the name of the former president Bush was the equivalent of outwardly supporting beastiality.
“Long-term, mentioning his brother’s name is like wearing an ‘I F**k Dogs’ t-shirt during your campaign. You might be appealing to a small fringe of dead-enders, but most people don’t want another dog-f****r for president.”
Jon’s comments were based on recent statements by Jeb that indicate he has good faith in the former president. Last week, Washington Post published a story where he named George W. as one of his key political advisors on U.S.-Israel relations while speaking to an elite group of Manhattan financiers.
“If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him.”
That’s not the only time that the Republican hopeful Bush has decided to speak positively about George W. in the lead-up to his campaign. When asked whether or not he would invade Iraq in recent interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Jeb defended the former president Bush by saying that even Hillary Clinton would have made the same decision given the intelligence available at the time.
“In retrospect the intelligence that everybody saw, that the world saw, not just the United States, was faulty. Once we invaded and took out Saddam Hussein, we didn’t focus on security first… By the way, guess who thinks those mistakes took place as well: George W Bush. Just for a newsflash to the world, for those trying to find big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.”
Since then, Jeb has walked back his original comments by claiming that he misunderstood the question being presented in the original interview, reported The New York Times.
“I interpreted the question wrong, I guess. I was talking about, given what people knew then.”
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