clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Jon Stewart on Donald Trump: if we survive, he’ll have accidentally proven America’s greatness

“No one action will be adequate. All actions will be necessary,” Stewart said.

We’re less than two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, and comedian Jon Stewart is already exhausted.

“The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public,” Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, quipped on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show on Tuesday.

Stewart suggested that between Trump’s executive order initiating the border wall and his immigration order suspending refugee applications for 120 days and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, Trump had already done quite a lot to exhaust the public.

Stewart read a mock executive order to make his point: “The reason I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting is that every instinct and fiber of my pathological self-regard calls me to abuse of power. I want — I, Donald J. Trump — want — no, deserve — not just your respect but your adoration. Parades with the tanks and the synchronized dancing. And why can’t they train 10,000 doves to spell out ‘Trump’ in the clouds? How hard can it be? They’re already flying!”

But, Stewart said, there’s an upside to this: “Perhaps therein lies the saving grace of my, Donald J. Trump’s, presidency: No one action will be adequate. All actions will be necessary. And if we do not allow Donald Trump to exhaust our fight, and somehow come through this presidency calamity-less and, constitutionally, partially intact, then I, Donald J. Trump, will have demonstrated the greatness of America — just not the way I thought I was gonna.”

Watch: It’s now on America’s institutions — and Republicans — to check Donald Trump

Sign up for the newsletter Today, Explained

Understand the world with a daily explainer plus the most compelling stories of the day.