Jon Stewart took over “The Late Show” desk on Thursday night after Donald Trump’s speech to do what he does best: blast Fox News.
The former “Daily Show” host started out his monologue by taking aim at the network and personality Sean Hannity — whom he affectionately refers to as “Lumpy” — for embracing a Republican presidential candidate “who clearly embodies all of the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.”
Insults hurled at Obama over the years on Fox News have included “raging narcissist who has no grip on reality,” “most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president” and “notoriously thin skinned.” Of course, all of those pretty accurately sum up Trump, and after Stewart ran through a lengthy list of video clips demonstrating Hannity rejecting Obama for the very same complaints people have about Trump, he explained why the pundit and GOP is willing to support Trump.
“You just want that person to give you your country back, because you feel that you are this country’s rightful owners,” Stewart said. “There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America.”
“You don’t own patriotism; you don’t own Christianity; you sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters,” Stewart continued. “Trust me, I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their ‘Blue Lives Matter’ rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 First Responder’s Bill reauthorization. I see you.”
He concluded by reflecting on the GOP and Fox News’ dismissal of activists representing groups of Americans “fighting for their place at the table,” because the Republican establishment views them as “divisive.” But Stewart reminded CBS viewers that it was our country’s founding fathers that stated that “all men are created equal.”
“Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive — those fighting to keep those people out are,” Stewart said. So Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly the C next to your names don’t stand for “constitutional” or “conservative,” but craven, convenient and c–…”
Colbert appeared with an air horn at the very end of the segment to bleep out whatever “C” word his friend was about to say on network television, but watch the video above to get a pretty good idea of what word was on the tip of Stewart’s tongue.