Jon Stewart Returns to TV, Rips Into Donald Trump Supporters: 'This Country Isn't Yours'
By Rachel McRady
Retirement certainly hasn’t mellowed Jon Stewart. The former Daily Show host made an appearance on pal Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Thursday night to give his take on the Republican National Convention – spoiler alert: it wasn’t pretty.
He first took aim at a Fox News correspondent, who he nicknamed “Lumpy,” showing contradictory clips in which “Lumpy” insulted President Barack Obama for the same things that he commended GOP nominee Donald Trump on.
After he laid out the ways in which “Lumpy” had changed his tune when the Republican candidate came into the picture, Stewart then took a moment to address all Trump supporters in general.
“You just want that person to give you your country back, because you feel that you are this country’s rightful owners,” he 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 it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice for military, police and firefighters. 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 Responders Bill Reauthorization. I see you and I see your bulls**t.”
The impassioned host refused to back down, even after Colbert jokingly informed him that his show was live.
“You’ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. You’ve got a problem because you see them – what’s Rep. Steve King’s word for it? ‘Subgroups’ – subgroups of Americans are being divisive. If you’ve got a problem with that, then take it up with the Founders.”
Stewart then sang to the tune from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”
And though he had plenty of fun during his rant, Stewart ended on a very firm, serious note.
“Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive, those fighting to keep those people out are,” he said.