Comedian Jon Stewart joined Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” on Wednesday to promote his new political comedy "Irresistible," and inevitably drifted into 2020 presidential politics - offering a frank assessment of Joe Biden and coining a new nickname for President Donald Trump.
“Who are you liking this year, Biden or Trump?” Colbert asked his old “Daily Show” colleague. “Is it a coin toss at this point?”
“It’s a toss-up, I’m going back and forth,” Stewart retorted.
Stewart confessed that “Biden was not my guy. Wasn’t even in the top four,” explaining that “I’m not crazy about the ‘Uncle Joe’ character.”
“I feel like that’s not the core of who that guy really is,” Stewart continued, “When I see Biden past the shtick, I see a guy who knows what loss is, who knows grief. And I think that kind of grief humbles you.”
“There’s a humility to the randomness of tragedy that brings about a caring that can’t be faked, can’t be contrived. And I think in this moment what this country needs is a leader of humility,” he concluded.
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“Trump doesn't have that gear,” Stewart added. “He’s still in the mindset that COVID was created to stop him from a second term.”
“Right. It requires you to care about something other than yourself,” Colbert replied.
“So I’m not just making the negative case for Biden anymore,” Stewart said. “It’s not just, ‘Well, we gotta get rid of that fucking guy.’ I actually believe something in his life experience can benefit this country at a moment where it desperately needs it.”
On Trump, Stewart also argued that he believes the Trump administration may be “the most corrupt this country has ever seen” and as such he came up with a new nickname for the president.
“He’s not draining the swamp. He is the swamp,” Stewart joked. “He’s Donald Swamp. Old Swampy Don…. let’s trend it.”