In a live-taping of “The Axe Files,” a podcast from David Axelrod, Jon Stewart talked at length about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the state of the media, political correctness, and health care among dozens of other issues. It’s an exceptional episode, and a must-listen if you need a Jon Stewart fix.
I’m going to pull out a few of the more web-friendly quotes from the podcast, but I urge you to listen to it in its entirety because it’s not just Jon Stewart making fun of Donald Trump and Hillary. It’s a thoughtful, insightful, and frankly inspiring 45 minutes of conversation that is not easily condensed into a few readable soundbites.
Trump, he said, makes sense from the perspective of conservative talk radio. “Conservatives love America, they just hate 50 percent of the people in it.” Basically, Republicans have been trying to maintain this paradigm in America that hasn’t existed in, basically, forever, and the rhetoric of Trump finally matches the message of conservatism, which is basically: Keep the non-white people out of America.
He also suggested that Donny Trash may not be eligible to run under the Constitution.
“Are you eligible to run if you’re a man-baby? A baby-man? … He is a man baby. He has the physical countenance of a man, and the temperament of a baby, so to have that together …”
‘Now, to be fair, I do have a history with him,” Stewart continued. “We used to make fun of him. I think we called him a boiled ham with a wig or something. And he tweeted me, late at night, because that’s what great leaders do … so, Donald Trump tweeted ‘Jon Leibovitz,’ which is my birth name, and then he tweeted, ‘Be proud of your heritage. Don’t run away from who you are. By the way, he’s overrated.’ And so we thought, let’s answer. And we tweeted back to him, Donald Trump’s real name, and I don’t know if you know this, but it’s ‘Fuckface Von Clownstick.’ And we wanted to know why he was running away from the Von Clownstick heritage.’”
“Character is destiny,” he continued. “And he is the most thin-skinned individual … they keep saying when he becomes President, he’s going to be totally mature. What does that say about your constituency, if the only way to win this part of the race is to be an unrepentant, narcissistic asshole, because that’s what [his] voters like?”
He also wasn’t particularly kind to Hillary Clinton, either. “I imagine her to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I don’t even know what they are … She reminds me of Magic Johnson’s talk show. Magic Johnson was a charming individual, but he wasn’t a talk show host. If you watched his show, you could almost see Arsenio’s advice to him, in real-time rendering … but it never seemed real or authentic. It seemed like he was wearing an outfit designed for someone else to be someone else.
“That’s not to say that she’s not preferable to Donald Trump, because at this point, I would vote for Mr. T. over Donald Trump.”
He does have some hope for Clinton, though. He suggested that there seemed to be a seven-second delay in everything she said, as though she was processing the words before spitting out her inauthenticity. However, it’s that delay, he said, that was encouraging because it suggested she was holding back what she really wanted to say, that there’s a human being underneath, because the kind of people who blurt out that kind of inauthenticity without thinking are “sociopaths.”
He also added, “The door is open to an asshole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government, that can be effective for people, can be efficient for people. And if you can’t do that, then you’ve lost the right to make that change and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.”
He also alluded to his HBO project, saying briefly that he would not appear on television again. He suggested that the project had to do with technology and animation and “two-minute cartoons,” but he was not specific about the details.
As of the time this post is going up, the podcast is not yet available at The Axe Files, but you can watch it below or wait for it to show up on iTunes and listen to it on your next commute. It’s worth it.