Sure, Jon Stewart gave up a full-time gig as an irreverent commentator on all things politics, but who could blame the guy on weighing in with a few jabs about this year’s raucous election? Indeed, the former host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show let loose on GOP front-runner Donald Trump with some epic barbs during a recent appearance on David Axelrod’s podcast The Axe Files.
As noted in a report by NJ.com, Jon Stewart had harsh words for the real estate mogul turned political juggernaut, telling Axelrod that he’d sooner vote for 1980s television icon Mr. T over the presumptive Republican nominee. Stewart also lambasted Trump for his public persona and his physical appearance, all in one fell swoop.
“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?,” he asked rhetorically during the podcast appearance. “He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”
Jon Stewart did not give leading Democratic candidate a free pass, either as he spoke to Axelrod who is himself a prominent Democrat. David Axelrod served as an adviser to President Barack Obama and he is presently a political consultant for CNN. During his chat with Axelrod, Stewart roasted the scandal-plagued Clinton with a backhanded compliment, saying she is “a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are.”
Politico noted that Jon Stewart also showered criticism on the nation’s two political parties, accusing the Republicans of trying to freeze the government while indicating that the Democrats have “failed to make government more efficient.”
Jon Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015 after 16 years at the help of the satirical news show. In comments cited by Time, Stewart said he looked forward to life without doggedly following the 24-hour cable news cycle. He was replaced as host by Trevor Noah.
“Honestly, it was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process.” Stewart said. “Watching these [cable news] channels all day is incredibly depressing.”
Although Stewart’s stint on The Daily Show ended right around the time of Donald Trump’s ascendancy, Stewart still hit the blustery billionaire with a few comedic jabs while he was still behind the desk. Even before Trump, Jon Stewart had a number of other political foils over the years.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Stewart skewered Republican nominee Mitt Romney by seizing upon the popular perception that Romney was a detached elitist.
”Mitt Romney calling the President ‘detached and out of touch’ is like a multimillionaire who owns two mansions, six cars, and who thinks ‘corporations are people, my friend’ calling someone ‘detached and out of touch,”’ Stewart said in a rant quoted by Alternet. Stewart has also engaged in memorable public feuds with the likes of Sarah Palin and Rick Perry as well as conservative commentators Tucker Carlson and Bill O’Reilly over the years.
According to NJ.com, Jon Stewart is enjoying semi-retirement from television these days, although he is in the process of producing a series digital shorts for HBO. Stewart currently lives on a farm in Middletown, New Jersey, with his wife and children. The comedian indicated he would reluctantly support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump come the general election in November.
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