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Monday, March 25, 2019

At the conclusion of a nightmarish political year, on the cusp of a year that may prove much worse still, two of America’s smartest comic voices examine the singular cause of our woes: Donald J. Trump. John Oliver describes the developing Trump phenomenon in a rapid-fire series of jokes, while Jon Stewart more soberly examines the meaning of Trump’s victory in a democratic society. The former Daily Show host is especially acute on the subject of the Republicans who have enabled Trump, and why.

When interviewer Charlie Rose mentions “draining the swamp,” Stewart cuts him off: “McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp…[whose cynical strategy is] I’m gonna make sure government doesn’t work and then I’m gonna use its lack of working as evidence of it.” He can’t help wondering why nobody ever asked Trump what made America great. Now, says Stewart, Trump has raised real questions about whether a multi-ethnic, multi-racial democracy can still work.

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32 responses to “#EndorseThis: John Oliver And Jon Stewart Confront The Rise Of Trump”

  1. qnetter says:

    I think Stewart misses an important point – I don’t think most people have said that anyone who voted for Trump is racist (although they are benefiting from a racist society, so by institutional definitions, it’s a bit different) – what they are saying is that anyone who noted for Trump said they are willing to accept racism as the price we pay for, to cite Stewart’s example, the manageable insurance payments he promises…

    • dbtheonly says:

      60 million racists is hard to swallow. But yeah, racism simply isn’t important to a significant portion of Americans.

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  2. InformedVoter says:

    The Dems got slam dunked so badly since Obama took office, over 1000 seats lost, so all they have left is know-nothing comedians, who are mediocre at best, to try and save the party.
    Then to prove the Dems haven’t a clue, they reelected Pelosi. I’m delighted because with leadership like Pelosi still in power, the Dems will lose even more seats in 2018, when they have many seats to defend.

    • That’s the only thing your restricted mind can conceive—that this is just some grand old-fashioned wrestling match in a Romanesque Coliseum. Don’t forget to clean up behind Hannibal’s elephants.

      • InformedVoter says:

        Yes elections ARE a wrestling match, or popularity poll or to the victor go the spoils. Even Obama made such a statement when he said “elections have consequences”. Do you not think he meant “we won, you lost” so just pick whatever type of contest you wish.

        This is more proof about how naive, low information and out of touch you continue to demonstrate you are. Negotiations are just another form of contest. Duh.

        Using Hannibal is a good analogy as to how much crap President Trump has to clean up from the Obama years.

        The Dems are in disarray, with no leaders. They are even in worse shape thand the GOP was when Romney blew the 2012 election. You reelected Pelosi, under her watch, the Dems have lost over 1000 seats in federal and state houses. The chants for Sanders (75) and Biden (74) to run in 2020! are really gathering moss.

        The Dems have resorted to lame humor from the meaningless entertainment crowd. Just how many voters, outside of CA, do you think were impressed by the Hollywood entertainers and actually decided to vote for a Dem? Judging from the trouncing HilLIARy took, looks like not many. All those actors who said they would leave the country thinking that voters would not wish them to leave are proof of their inflated egos. In the end, the actors showed they are bigots. How many said they would move to Mexico (most said Canada, but they are so naive to not realize that Canada has a “wall” to limit how many immigrants they allow)?

        Obama is claiming he would have won a third term, which is a tremendous condemnation of HilLIARy. Obama, of course, would not have won. Yes, the MSM bolstered his popularity numbers, just as they faked the poll leads for HilLIARy, but the voters realized that Obama wasn’t wearing any clothes. As Obama said in 2014, I’m not on the ballot but my policies are. How did that work out for the charlatan currently in the WH?

        Obama’s legacy, with a phone and pen, on January 21, 2017, “will be nothing except he was the first black elected president” a quote from Michael Moore. Historians are now ranking him 31-38, in the same crowd as GW (who was attacked relentlessly by the MSM), BUT ahead of Carter. What a dubious honor!

        • The more you worship the false idols of Trump and the GOP, the further you distance yourself from God. Your infatuation with your political belief, as I’ve told you before, is a sign of a man who gets his thrills from fawning like a puppy whenever Trump shows his face. This is unbecoming of a grown man, and tells me that you have no life aside from expressing your undying love for partisanship—AND WRESTLING.
          Better use would be put to wrestling the demons which control your mind.

          • InformedVoter says:

            As usual, your FALSE religion betrays your sick mind.
            Lefties are the one’s who follow false deities and self-proclaimed idols (like Hollywood types).

            You are really in need of some psychological help. You fit the profile of being a serial murderer who is just looking for the opportunity to “make a name for yourself”.

            Since your false religion has left your life empty and without rewards, you keep hoping for your 8 minutes of fame after you murder many innocent folks. As a suggestion, perhaps if you attend a Dem rally, then at least killing several would be doing the world a favor.

          • As usual, and in the true Trumpian manner, you make bold assertions w/o an ounce of proof. You say my religion is false yet you provide no reason for making such a bold and unfounded assertion. Pharoah, Nimrod, and you have a lot in common—the former two made the same outrageous claim as you, when confronted by Moses and Abraham, respectively—and now you feel obliged to follow in their footsteps to oppose Baha’u’llah. No doubt you must be aware of what befell Nimrod and Pharoah.

            What is certainly false is your belief in the religion of conservatism which you constantly pawn off as true, but no one but you buys your claim.

            When you recover your senses and regain your ability to think straight, then contact me again. Until then, you’re just a toady for Trump, just blowing hot air like your lord and master, Donald J. Trump the chump.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Proof your religion is false in not required. All one needs to do is to listen to the hate and idol worship you claim your faith has. You belong to a false religion that believes it is the only true religion and that anyone who believes in other religion is doomed. Thus, your own words destroy your fake religion.

            Hopefully your friends, if you have any, will see the hatred you’re filled with and force you to seek out help before you murder innocents.

          • By saying proof isn’t required is a sure sign of a man who can’t produce any reasoned and careful analysis, and so you lazily respond that no proof is required. How pathetic. How did you manage to make it this far in life with an infantile manner of thinking, who would hire such a person, and who would want to be in your company?
            What is your religion aside from a worship of Trump and the false religion of Conservatism—that dogmatic and rigid ideology that only deplorables bow the knee to?

          • InformedVoter says:

            Your own words prove your religion to be one of hatred and bigotry.
            So you’ve visited a country or two outside the US! Wow, I’m sure that makes you qualified to speak to their way of life, that has evolved over centuries.

            I’ve lived outside the US for more than 15 years. I posses more than one valid US passport because certain countries will not permit people if they have stamps from “select” countries.

            You have proven that you bow to the Hollywood and professional athlete idols. As if these false idols have the knowledge to understand humanity.
            Yet you continue to fawn over them. And you claim to be a person of faith. With your homicidal tendencies, you are the very one who goes to a service and then goes home and beats the kids and rapes his daughters.

          • When you show you know something about Religion then I’ll take you seriously. Otherwise, the rest of your bluster is hot air.

          • InformedVoter says:

            I suggest that you refrain from using religion in your posts as proof of your occupying the high ground. It only makes you look more foolish than you normally do with your cut/copy style.

          • I suggest you try to let religion influence that unrefined attitude of yours. The religion of the GOP and bowing to Trump does nothing for your flagging soul. You should try cut/copy of anything that would bolster your weak responses.

          • InformedVoter says:

            So you’re finally admitting that your fake religion has failed you. Wonderful.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          So, welcome back, ignorant voter.
          Peddling more Trump lies, or just trying hard to think of ONE thing you can claim you thought of?

          • InformedVoter says:

            LMA. You probably still believe that HilLIARy is leading in the polls and that so how she’ll win the election. President Trump’s only been in office 6 days and just look at how much he’s dismantled Obozo’s “legacy”! And all with just a pen and phone.
            And have you heard that HilLIARy now says “I never wanted to run for president in the first place”. Booy did she con you low information dummies.
            I kept making post after post that the polls were FAKE and that HilLIARy even paid for some of them. She hopped to discourage Trump’s supporters from voting. How did the FAKE polls and FAKE news sources of the MSM work out for you on November 8? Are you like Eleanore, still waiting for the recount to uncover “50,000 more votes for HilLIARy” (Elle’s own words)?
            So which Trump lies do you wish to identify? His statement that illegals commit more crimes (proven to be true); that he’ll build a wall (planning and funding started); repeal Obozocare – yup; the list of your so-called Trump lies that are in fact TRUE is growing faster than your wooden puppet nose.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            No need to argue further with the invincibly ignorant.
            I don’t need to identify any lies for a blind fanatic like you, since facts don’t matter. It’s obvious that you, like Trump, can’t face the fact that there were more people smart enough to not vote for him than there were suckers like you.

          • InformedVoter says:

            My, my Sandy old gal, so how did those FAKE polls work out for you? I guess you believe the Russians rigged the election. Yup, the Russians:
            – made HilLIARy call Trump supporters deplorable
            – made Debbie W-S fix the primaries so HilLIARy would win
            – made HilLIARy ignore WI and MI because the FAKE polls SHE paid for had her leading by double digits
            – made HilLIARy take a month off so she could hob nob with the FAKE self-made celebrities to get tons of money for the Clinton Foundation
            – made the premiums for Obozocare soar by 50%
            SHALL I CONTINUE?
            So 55% of white women voted for Trump; higher percentages of Latinos and Blacks voted for President Trump (doesn’t that sound great!) than Romney.
            Look at the map of the USA and you see SMALL pockets of blue, largely urban areas, and yuge areas of red.
            And if you discount the millions of illegal votes in CA, then President Trump WON the popular vote by 1.5 million. You can try to deny these HARD facts, but then you would just be confirming your low information status.
            President Trump won a MANDATE from the majority of voters. Look what he’s accomplished in one week!
            He’s saved 6000+ jobs, and created 60000+ jobs, PERSONALLY. So how many jobs did Obozo personally create in 8 years?
            Obozo is the first 2-term president that the US was at war EVERY SINGLE DAY he was in office! Obozo expanded the debt by more than ALL OTHER presidents combined!
            So you claim you’re smart because you voted for HiLIARy, well I’d love to hear your thoughts on her statement “I never really wanted to run for president anyway”. Boy DID YOU EVER GET CONNED!

          • Sand_Cat says:

            You can continue all you want. I just won’t be listening to your lies, fantasies, and exaggerations.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You’re finally correct about something, “no need to argue further” because you have ALWAYS lost the argument! Typical lefty, you act like you’re on the high ground, but when confronted with the facts and truth, you become bullies and run away before you actually might learn something.
            So in less than 10 days, Obozo’s “legacy” has been wiped out. And with the SCOTUS nomination (guaranteed approval) that will swing the court to the right, look for many of Obozo’s federal judge decisions to be vacated. And how long can Ginsber (83) hang on?
            You lefties hooted and yelled when you thought Trump was backing away from his campaign promises. Now that he’s delivering, you are certain to feel the pain. Ask yourself how many promises Obozo kept – duh try zip.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Always no need to argue further because you always wander off into lunatic la-la land fantasies (usually malicious ones) like all those “illegal” voters and all those jobs Trump “saved” months after the company announced they were moving them here anyway, or the ones he used Indiana’s money to bribe the company to keep (fewer than 1000 while they proceed with plans to move 1300).
            You’re just an ignorant jackass as desperate as Trump is to believe he has a “mandate” when more people voted against than for him.
            Keep deluding yourself. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e8d8fa1e8dc1f618d52fa3c229d362d6d229321fbb3fb2ea7f1ef2e35b4a501.jpg

          • InformedVoter says:

            Your post is further proof of your low information status and that you are a pawn who believes the lies of the fake news stories. I bet you believed the lies that HilLIARy was leading in the polls and would win the election. Right! How did that work out for you?
            So the CEO and President Trump meet, and then make a joint announcement that they are going to create up 50000 jobs and invest $50 billion. Yet you believe the FAKE story that the agreement was reached months before hand! So why didn’t Obozo make the claim that the jobs were created under his watch? Because THEY weren’t!
            And you would have preferred to have ALL 2300 jobs move to Mexico instead of just 1300. Tell that story to the 1000 who had their jobs saved and see how many points that gets you.

            Yup, naive and low information. You keep proving it over and over.

  3. itsfun says:

    If the best the National Memo has is 2 so-so comics, then the left is in more trouble than anyone knows or will admit.

  4. rog363 says:

    If these A**holes Oliver and Steward have such great ideas , that are better then Trumps why don’t they run for a public office? Maybe, but I doubt it very much, they would make better politicians then they do comedians.

    • PJay says:

      “than” instead of then
      They would be great politicians. Both are certainly more informed than Trump. Actually, they both care about what’s best for common people instead of what’s best for the rich people.

      • rog363 says:

        What the hell does PJay stand for Pajamas? Why don’t you and the rest of your Liberal Loser Buddies quit whining and try acting like you care about the people and America? I recommend you try sinking your teeth into this Loser.
        1. Obama destroyed the Clinton Political Machine, driving a stake through the heart of Hillary’s presidential aspirations – something no Republican was ever able to do.

        2. Obama killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home.

        3. Obama is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore had never lost a race. Evan Bayh had never lost a race. Byron Dorgan had never lost a race. Harry Reid – soon to be GONE!
        These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed. By the end of 2016, dozens more will be gone. Just think, in December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In two election cycles, they had picked up 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. However, in just one term, Obama put a stop to all of this and gave the House and the Senate – back to the Republicans.

        4. Obama has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Sadly, every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well: Liberals tax, borrow and spend. Liberals won’t bring themselves to protect America. Liberals want to take over the economy. Liberals think they know what is best for everyone. Liberals are not happy until they are running YOUR life.

        5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one term, he has rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom loving Americans. Name one other time when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!

        6. Obama, with his “amazing leadership, “has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a “stimulus” to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded, or moved off-shore.

        7. In all honesty, 4 years ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not afraid of the economy, but afraid of the direction our country was going. I thought, Americans have forgotten what this country is all about. My neighbors and friends, even strangers, have proved to me that my lack of confidence in the greatness and wisdom of the American people has been flat wrong.

        8. When the American people wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obama has served to wake up these great Americans! Again, I want to say: “Thank you, Barack Obama!” After all, this is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed!!

        9. He has saved Carter’s legacy and made Jimmy Carter happy, since Jimmy is no longer the worst president we’ve ever had. Credit goes to where credit is due. I feel better now!

        THANK YOU OBAMA

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