It’s been long 11 days. The idea that we might have to endure another 1300 of these days is unfathomable. Is there a way to cancel this show? Because it’s starting to feel like the last few episodes of every seasons of American Horror Story: There’s a whole lot happening, but none of it seems to make any sense anymore. When a Supreme Court nomination is announced on Facebook live by Caesar J. Flickerman, we’ve lost the thread on America, folks!
At least we can rely on Jon Stewart, who stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and for a very few minutes, life again felt normal. Jon Stewart was making fun of Donald Trump, just like he did for 15 years on The Daily Show. It was the good old days!
Stewart goes on for nearly 10 minutes here, and I’ll be honest, the first seven minutes is little else but shtick and gags, Colbert and Stewart goofing around. Stewart reads a series of executive orders, one of which includes changing the official language of the United States to bullshit.
A little after the 7 minute mark, however, Jon Stewart finally delivers what he came to deliver: A message of resistance in the form of another Trump executive order:
I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting. It has been 11 days, Stephen. 11 fucking days. Eleven. The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public.
The reason that I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting is that every instinct and fiber of my pathological self-regard calls me to abusive power. I want — no, deserve — not just your respect but your adoration. Parades with the tanks and the synchronized dancing, and why can’t they train 10,000 doves to spell out “Trump” in the clouds? How hard can it be? They’re already flying.
I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting because it is going to take relentless stamina, vigilance and every institutional check and balance this great country can muster to keep me, Donald J. Trump, from going full Palpatine, with the lightning coming out of the fingertips and ‘fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate.’
We have never faced this before. Purposeful, vindictive chaos. But perhaps therein lies the saving grace of my, Donald J. Trump’s, presidency.
No one action will be adequate. All actions will be necessary. And if we do not allow Donald Trump to exhaust our fight and somehow come through this presidency calamity-less and constitutionally partially intact, then I, Donald J. Trump, will have demonstrated the greatness of America. Just not the way I thought I was gonna.
Thanks for stopping by, Stewart.