Jon Stewart charges Trump with 'gleeful cruelty' on 'Late Show'

Brenda Watkins
June 30, 2018

Stewart then pointed out the "one hallmark" of Trump's presidency.

Stewart popped out from under Colbert's desk to deliver an eight-minute rant about Trump's immigration policy and his penchant for delivering low blows to his political opponents.

Jon Stewart, who lives in a subterranean compound directly under Stephen Colbert's Late Show desk, emerged on late-night television tonight to see whether or not he can get Donald Trump to scrape off that extra layer of "gleeful cruelty" now coating every aspect of his Presidency. Seemingly wore down by a news cycle that's been particularly disheartening for much of June, Stewart had a more reserved tone as he swapped out for a brief segment directly addressing Donald Trump. I just want to say there's one hallmark to your presidency that I we're finding the most hard is that, no matter what you do, it always comes with an extra layer of gleeful cruelty.

"Everything's off its axis, it's a little unusual", he continued, citing the fact that apparently Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are now "noble, intelligent role models", while Canada, the non-violent protest by National Football League players, the media, and even John McCain have been targets of the President's criticism.

Democrats have been "so wimpy and weak" and now there are a few people who want to stand up and say they've had enough, Moore said. "You can't just be against the media, they're 'enemies of the people.' It's not even partisan".

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"Donald, you could have absolutely made a more stringent border policy that would have made your point about enforcement, but I guess it wouldn't have felt right without a Dickensian level of villainy", Stewart said.

"You casually separated people seeking asylum from their children, from babies", he continued.

"Are there any surprises in this?" asks Colbert. It's not enough when Trump gets his way, he also needs to punish all those who opposed him, or weren't loyal enough, sycophantic enough, or in a woman's case, physically appealing enough.

Quoting all-time favorite Republican Abe Lincoln, Stewart recites from the Cooper-Union speech. When he was yet to be president, Lincoln said slaveholders wanted free states to "cease to call slavery wrong and join them in calling it right". And this we can not do. "By not wielding, we will prevail".

The details of "Fahrenheit 11/9" - a play on the title of his acclaimed documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" - are still under wraps, but Moore said the film will be focused on, "How the hell we got in this situation, and how we're going to get out of it".

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