Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart let rip at both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in an interview with President Obama’s 2008 campaign advisor, David Axelrod.
If nothing else, the hour long interview definitely showed how much he’d been missed since leaving the air.
Stewart described presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as an “asshole” (he’s definitely not the first) and wondered aloud, “are you eligible to run if you are a man baby?”
But Trump’s likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, wasn’t spared either.
“I imagine [her] to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are,” he told Axelrod, “maybe I’m wrong, maybe a real person doesn’t exist underneath there.”
But the comedian will likely still vote for Clinton, “[That’s] not to say that she is not preferable to Donald Trump, because at this point, I would vote for Mr T over Donald Trump.”
But unlike President Obama seemed to at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Stewart said he didn’t blame the media for Donald Trump’s rise, “I don’t necessarily believe that a full-court-press on his ‘untruthedness’ would change it.”
Instead, Stewart blamed a ‘talk radio’ culture among conservatives, “it is 24/7 of your country is being taken away from you.”
“He makes sense if you view it through the prism of talk radio […] If that’s what you’ve been fed and that’s what you’re buying into, Donald Trump makes more sense than anybody out there,” he said.
“The problems in this country are not because of Mexicans and Muslims,” Stewart said, “The problem in this country is you have one party in America whose sole purpose is to freeze the government and to not fix any of the problems that are associated with it.”
“Republicans, conservatives love America – they just hate like 50% of the people living in it.”
But Democrats came in for blame too, “The door is open to an asshole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government, can be effective for people, can be efficient for people.”
“If you can’t do that then you’ve lost the right to make that change - and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.”
You can watch the full interview here: