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Jon Stewart returns daily show Monday night, the opening line: “Well, where was I?”
The host will host the satirical news show part-time during the 2024 election period, with rotating correspondents on Tuesdays through Thursdays and hosting the Monday night broadcast. His temporary return follows the departure of Trevor Noah in December 2022 and the series’ year-long failed attempt to find the show’s next permanent host.
Less than three minutes after returning to his desk after completing his endorsement nine years ago, Stewart took aim at President Joe Biden and former President Trump, criticizing them both for their age-related failings as 2024 presidential candidates. was shot.
Stewart declared “Indecision 2024: Choice Dysfunction” and characterized Biden as an elderly man with a poor memory, while denying that Biden had broken any laws in his handling of classified documents. He accepted the report of Special Counsel Robert Hur, who made the decision.
“This man had no recollection during his deposition. Do you understand what that means? He had no ability to remember very basic things during interrogation,” Stewart said. and cut to video footage of Trump claiming during his deposition that he could not remember simple facts about his life. The host quipped, “Biden lost by one step, but Trump is saying things like the need for regular health checkups at his rallies.”
After playing a clip of Biden’s cringe-worthy Super Bowl-themed TikTok video on Sunday and a snippet of Trump bizarrely declaring that dipping magnets in water is “the end of magnets,” Stewart told the audience asked: Shit, is everyone doing it here? ”
“These two candidates both have similar challenges,” Stewart said. “And it’s not crazy to think that the oldest people to ever run for president in the history of this country might have some of these challenges,” he continued. , “That’s not to say that neither man is energetic, productive, or capable. But they’re both beyond capable of handling the toughest jobs in the world. It’s funny. is that we, as voters, have to silence concerns and criticism. It is the candidate’s job to allay those concerns.”
Stewart said that while Biden is not Trump and has many legal issues, Trump faces four indictments and has been charged with sexual abuse and defamation. “The stakes in the election do not reduce scrutiny of Donald Trump’s opponents.” The presenter added: “It actually puts him under even more scrutiny.”
Before finishing his first night back home, Stewart concluded: And even if your man wins, this country will never be saved. ”
“So the good news is not to say we don’t have to worry about who wins the election,” he added. “What I’m saying is, you’ll have to worry about it every day before that, and every day after, forever.”
Fortunately, he pointed out: “I’ve heard that at some point, the sun will run out of hydrogen.”