Jon Stewart: Hillary Clinton Has No Convictions — ‘I’m Not Even Sure What They Are’

Jon Stewart called Hillary Clinton “a woman without the courage of her convictions” in a wide-ranging interview with former Barack Obama surrogate David Axelrod for his podcast, The Axe, which is distributed by CNN.

“What I think about Hillary Clinton, is, you know, I imagine her to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are.”

Stewart also likened Clinton, the former secretary of state and current front-runner for the Democratic nomination to be president, to former basketball player Magic Johnson, who had a short-lived talk show in 1998 that did not do well because, according to Stewart, he was not well-suited for it.

“Magic Johnson was a charming individual, but he wasn’t a talk show host… so he would sit and he would go, ‘Uh, my first guest tonight…my first guess tonight is Cher, everybody.’ But he never seemed authentic and real to his personality. It seemed like he was wearing an outfit designed by someone else for someone else to be someone else, and that is not to say that [Clinton] is not preferable to Donald Trump, because at this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump. But, I think she will be in big trouble if she can’t find a way, and maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a real person doesn’t exist underneath there. I don’t know.”

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Stewart Also Blasts Donald Trump

Jon Stewart, who is best known for having hosted The Daily Show, a satirical show about current events, for Comedy Central from 1999-2015, also criticized Republican front-runner Donald Trump, calling him a “man-baby.”

“I don’t know that a man-baby can be president,” Stewart said. “Character is destiny. And he is the most thin-skinned individual.”

Jon Stewart laments media's handling of the 2016 election
Stewart also lamented the media’s handling of Trump, comparing them to “crack dealers.” In particular, he singled out Megyn Kelly of Fox News. Though he didn’t mention her by name, he said, “When you have the lead anchor of FOX News having to go to Trump’s hotel to make him stop being mean to her, and now he says she’s terrific because they’ve had a [date]…”

Reaction to Jon Stewart’s Interview

Axelrod’s interview with Stewart, which was broadcast before a live audience, has gone viral. Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney and now a talk show host on Sirius XM Radio, opined on CNN that hearing Stewart “made me realize how much we desperately need him to end his retirement and get back on TV.”

“A slightly tweaked version of Simon and Garfunkel’s famous song ‘Mrs. Robinson’ popped into my head while listening to Stewart: ‘Where have you gone Jon Stewart? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,'” Obeidallah said.

Esquire noted that Stewart’s appearance “served to reinforce one of Stewart’s main lines of reasoning through the discussion: That media malpractice…is failing citizens and undermining our politics.”

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