‘This country isnâ€™t yours. You donâ€™t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You donâ€™t own it. You donâ€™t own patriotism. You donâ€™t own Christianity.’
When Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” last year in August, it was clear his country needed him, perhaps more than ever. Donald Trump was surging in the polls and the 2016 election was growing increasingly chaotic.
Well, the Emmy Award winning critic is back, if only for a brief moment. Following a quick appearance Monday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Stewart took over Colbert’s desk Thursday night to take onÂ â€“ and take downÂ â€“ Donald Trump and Fox News.
His timing could not have been better. Trump had just accepted the GOP presidential nomination and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes “resigned,” amid a flood of sexual harassment complaints.
Stewart for ten minutes was his old self, one America needs desperately.Â
The main part of his message was to Fox News pundits like Trump-supporting Sean Hannity, whom Stewart referred to as “Lumpy”: “You feel that youâ€™re this countryâ€™s rightful owners. Thereâ€™s only one problem with that. This country isnâ€™t yours. You donâ€™t own it. It never was.”
Full transcript, via The New York Times:
Well, the conventionâ€™s over. I thought Donald Trump was going to speak. Ivanka said that he was going to come out. She said he was really compassionate and generous, but then this angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour. But the Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America, and theyâ€™ve articulated it throughout the convention. One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and Red Bull enema. And then, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejeezus out of everybody. But Iâ€™m not interested in that. Iâ€™m interested in gymnastics. With the Rio Olympics coming up, Iâ€™m enjoying the gymnastics portion of the program thatâ€™s about to occur. That would be the contortions that many conservatives will now have to do, to embrace Donald J. Trump, a man who clearly embodies the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.
[Montage of Fox News panelists calling Obama divisive, thin-skinned, authoritarian and narcissistic.]
A thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience. Yes. That sounds exactly like â€” Barack Obama. So now the right-wing mediaâ€™s going to have to spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, justifying this choice theyâ€™ve made. Can they make the turn? They already are. Letâ€™s trace their journey through the eyes of one of their most talented gymnasts. [Photograph of Sean Hannity.] Um, uh, his name escapes me. Letâ€™s just refer to him as Lumpy. Hey, Lumpy. For instance, hereâ€™s how Lumpy felt about Barack Obamaâ€™s divisiveness.
[Montage of Mr. Hannity describing divisions for which he blames Mr. Obama, including â€œblack versus whiteâ€ and â€œold versus young.â€]
Cats versus dogs! Batman versus Superman! [Photographs of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.] That one against the other two! Iâ€™ve been out of the business a while, I donâ€™t know what that is. If you donâ€™t like divisiveness, what about when Trump suggested Mexico is sending us their rapists? On Cinco de Mayo, we had the Trump Tower taco bowl, and thatâ€™s one of the healing-est meals on the Trump Tower menu. Iâ€™m not an expert on racial unity. But I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump. So I believe â€” Iâ€™m just saying. Then there was the Obama crony that Lumpy couldnâ€™t stand. His old friend, Teleprompty.
[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing Mr. Obamaâ€™s use of teleprompters.]
He probably sleeps with the darn thing and then probably doesnâ€™t call it the next day because it didnâ€™t say so on the teleprompter. Lumpy, your 180, please.
[Clip of Mr. Hannity praising Mr. Trumpâ€™s use of teleprompters.]
You hate teleprompters! Youâ€™re saying now, â€œTeleprompters are for stupid people, and I thought Trump handled it pretty good.â€ O.K., inexperience aside. Divisiveness aside. The worst thing about Barack Obama is his elitism.
[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how in touch Mr. Obama is with the average American, ordering a hamburger with Dijon mustard.]
Yeah, you elitist! You probably eat that burger with your mouth. Instead of acting like a real American and having a Magnum fire it up your ass. Like they serve them at Arbyâ€™s. Thatâ€™s how they serve them, actually, at Arbyâ€™s. Meanwhile, hereâ€™s how Lumpy feels about the guy who sits in a literal golden throne at the top of a golden tower with his name in gold letters at the top of it, eating pizza with a knife and fork. How do you feel about that guy?
[Clip of Mr. Hannity describing Mr. Trump as a â€œblue-collar billionaire.â€]
Thatâ€™s not a thing. You know what? It is true, Trump does seem like the kind of guy you want sit down and own a fleet of airplanes with. Look, all that stuff is actually superficial and Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s easy for people without ethics or principles to embrace someone who embodies everything that they said they hated about the previous president for the past eight years. Because, really for a president, itâ€™s about whatâ€™s inside. And thatâ€™s where Lumpy and friends â€” thatâ€™s where they really have found the president lacking.
[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and saying he would not go to his church.]
Obama would. Heâ€™s the type of Christian thatâ€™s, you know, [whispers] not Christian. When the pope said that Trumpâ€™s talk about immigration was not Christian, surely that gave Lumpy pause.
[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how the pope can decide if someone is a Christian in his heart.]
Yeah! Who died and made that guy pope? So letâ€™s just say, for real, hereâ€™s where we are. Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being president. Or they donâ€™t care, as long as itâ€™s their thin-skinned prompter-authoritarian-tyrant-narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back. Because you feel that youâ€™re this countryâ€™s rightful owners. Thereâ€™s only one problem with that. This country isnâ€™t yours. You donâ€™t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You donâ€™t own it. You donâ€™t own patriotism. You donâ€™t own Christianity. You sure as hell donâ€™t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters.
Trust me, I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their â€œblue lives matterâ€ rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first respondersâ€™ bill reauthorization. I see you and I see .
[Mr. Colbert says, â€œWeâ€™re live.â€]
Weâ€™re live. Never been on a television show with stakes before. So I see you. Youâ€™ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. Youâ€™ve got a problem with that because you feel like â€” whatâ€™s Representative Steve Kingâ€™s word for it? Subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founders. We hold these truths to be self-evident. [Singing.] â€œThat all men are created equal.â€ Respect, Lin-Manuel. Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly, the â€œcâ€ next to your names donâ€™t stand for constitutional or conservative. But cravenly, convenientÂ â€”â€”Â [Mr. Colbert interrupts with an air horn.]
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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help unite the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
Watch Sen. Murphy’s remarks above or at this link.
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