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Jon Stewart: ‘When Was America Great?’

The former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” voluntarily left the gig last year. Liberals and mainstream media outlets mourned his exit, particularly as the 2016 presidential campaign was just taking shape.

It’s been some time since he’s been able to publicly weigh in on the presidential race.

So you can’t blame Stewart for commenting on current events during an appearance Monday at the University of Chicago. The event, a live taping of the podcast “The Axe Files with David Axelrod,” found Stewart chatting with the former Obama adviser.

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Stewart took on a number of questions, from his views on political correctness to Donald Trump’s campaign theme – “Make America Great Again.”

That’s where Stewart revealed a tad too much of his true feelings.

“When was America great? What is this time that he speaks of? ‘81 to ‘82? Like, what are we talking about? And who took your country away from you?” Stewart asked. “Who’s country – Who’s country is it? Take up the argument with the Founders. Take it up with the Age of Reason. That’s — All men are created equal. That’s f***ed the whole thing up.”

One caricature of the modern American liberal is that they hate their country. Both parties suffer from similarly unfair stereotypes, like conservatives not caring about clean air and water.Jon Stewart wearing a suit and tie

Put bluntly, plenty of center-left folks love the USA dearly. Yet Stewart seems a mite conflicted on the subject. That’s being kind.

He’s also showing some comic ring rust. He conveniently forgets the left’s mantra during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office — “regime change begins at home.”

Liberals like Stewart clung to the “take our country back” line during that tumultuous era. Now, it’s deemed “racist” to even suggest the turn of phrase.

A truth teller would have a field day with that hypocrisy. Just don’t expect Stewart to do the honors. He’s no longer in the game. And, when given the chance to pinch hit, he can’t clear the bases with one withering gag.


  1. No surprise to me – Stewart has always been a bitter anti-American tool. I used to watch his stand-up comedy back in the ’90s, and it was filled with rage toward Christians, conservatives, flyover country hicks, etc. He knew that attitude wouldn’t fly when hosting TDS, so he hid it under a mask of smirking satire. But the hate has always been there, and now that he’s cashed out, he doesn’t have to wear the mask anymore.

  2. When was America great? When it created a nation dedicated to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When it fought a civil war to end slavery. When it saved western Europe from Nazism and Communism. When it landed men on the moon.

  3. That a Jew could say such a thing is sickening. How about when America went to war to prevent the annihilation of a race? Does that count as great?

  4. “All men are created equal. That’s f***ed the whole thing up.”

    Uhhhh…if I’m understanding that correctly, which I’m telling myself I must not be, wow. Just, wow. These people have utterly no respect for freedom, liberty and individual rights. These are the principles upon which this country was founded, and are the essential distinguishing trait of America. In other words, America IS, by proper definition, a system based on liberty. Liberals actually do hate America. They desire government control; control by force. Period.

    1. RE: Orwell’s Animal Farm….

      …via Jon Stewart.

      Obviously he thinks he’s more equal than YOU.

    2. RE: Government Control by ‘Force’

      That’s why the Founding Fathers gave US the Second Amendment. So that if the government tries to violate our rights by the use of force, we can apply ‘force’ right back at them.

      The police of a state should never be stronger or better armed than the citizenry. An armed citizenry, willing to fight, is the foundation of civil freedom. — Robert A. Heinlein</b.

  5. RE: Speaking of ‘Great’

    When was Jon Stewart ‘great’?

    He OBVIOUSLY failed History. Both American AND World. Apparently he’s a relatively recent ‘failure’ of the vaunted American public education system…AFTER they stopped teaching History.

    Back to School, Jon.

    And do get back to the rest of US when you’re not a total ‘failure’….. 😉

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