Jon Stewart has "one job, and it’s a pretty simple job” - or so he told his loyal audience in Thursday's episode of the Daily Show. (Scroll down for the full clip)
“I come in, in the morning, and we look at the news, and I write jokes about it But I didn’t do my job today, so I apologize. I got nothing for you, in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina.”
In a moving monologue, Stewart went on to address racism, terrorism and gun violence in the wake of Wednesday's deadly attack on a church in the city of Charleston, in which nine African-Americans were shot dead.
"If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism, it would fit into our — we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe. We got to do whatever we can. We’ll torture people. We gotta do whatever we can to keep Americans safe," he said.
"Nine people shot in a church. What about that? “Hey, what are you gonna do? Crazy is as crazy is, right?” That’s the part that I cannot, for the life of me, wrap my head around, and you know it. You know that it’s going to go down the same path. 'This is a terrible tragedy.' They’re already using the nuanced language of lack of effort for this. This is a terrorist attack. This is a violent attack on the Emanuel Church in South Carolina, which is a symbol for the black community. It has stood in that part of Charleston for 100 and some years and has been attacked viciously many times, as many black churches have."