Jon Stewart returned from his summer break Monday not wanting to talk about the Iran nuclear deal or Greece’s economic disaster. Instead, the host feasted on a topic that will likely monopolize much of The Daily Show as Stewart inches toward the end of his tenure. “Donald Trump. The patron saint of topical comedians who are just running out the clock,” Stewart said, later admitting, “I so love this man.”
Much of Stewart’s Trump takedown focused on the real estate mogul’s proclamation that former presidential hopeful John McCain “wasn’t a war hero,” even though McCain spent nearly six years in a prisoner of war camp. Despite a healthy lead in the polls, Trump’s comments have drawn the ire of practically everyone, from veterans to his own Republican party.
“Listen, don’t flame out now. I’ve got to squeeze three more weeks of this shit,” Stewart advises Trump. “You’re at the point where even your fellow Republican presidential candidates – people who are trying very hard to not recognize what a terrible person you are – now have to recognize what a terrible person you are.” Stewart then rolls clips of Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush all denouncing Trump over his McCain comments.
“At long last, does the man who accused the vast majority of Mexican immigrants of being drug-addicted rapists have no sense of decency,” Stewart asks. “Trump has no control over the projectile vomit of dickishness that comes out of his mouth every time he opens it. It was inevitable that some of his word-puke was going to get on you. And you should have known that. You’ve been down this road before.”
Stewart, who called Trump’s hair “comedy entrapment,” also teased the candidate’s insistence that a bone spur prevented him from enlisting in the military – a “medical deferment” – only Trump couldn’t remember which foot was hurt.
In a second segment dedicated to Trump, Daily Show senior election correspondent Jordan Klepper talks about how The Donald, if elected, could be “our first openly asshole President.” Klepper then says that while Nixon was a “gaping asshole, but closeted,” Trump “says it loud and proud.” The segment also featured a cameo appearance by noted “asshole” Paul Rudd.