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Jon Stewart exposes Republican hypocrisy on guns

Jon Stewart took the opportunity in Monday’s episode of The daily show to provide a “brief update” on the upcoming presidential election in November while simultaneously refuting the Republican narrative on crime in big cities.

“I guess the election basically comes down to each candidate accusing the other of having soup where there should be brains,” Stewart explained in his opening monologue (in February, the moderator had mocked both Donald Trump and President Joe Biden for their age-related blunders).

Stewart shot a clip in which the president is seen during a skydiving demonstration “in which he appears to be staring at what can only be described as ghosts or out-of-frame paratroopers” and “is somehow pulled back into frame, giving the impression that someone has just quantum-leapped into his body.”

The host then quipped, “As for Trump, Trump basically trips over his own tail every time he tries to capitalize on Biden's age.” He then played a video of Trump at a Turning Point USA event claiming that Biden “doesn't even know what the word inflation means” before touting his own mental fitness and name-dropping the doctor who misadministered his cognitive test.

“Everybody knows Ronny Johnson, the congressman from Texas? He was the White House physician,” Trump said, surely referring to Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician during the Obama and Trump administrations.

Stewart then sharply criticized the former president for calling Milwaukee a “terrible city” ahead of the Republican National Convention that will be held there next month, and condemned Trump's attempts to walk back the statement, saying he was referring to crime in the city.

The moderator then criticized the Republican narrative that crime in big cities is out of control, even though the FBI recorded a 15 percent drop in violent crime in early 2024. “These right-wing motherfuckers talk about how there is too much gun crime and chaos in our Democratic cities,” Stewart said. “But it is the Republicans who have enabled the flood of illegal guns into our cities.”

“It's almost as if Republicans have a secret plan, funded by their billionaires: to flood our cities with illegal, undocumented guns and smuggle them across our states' borders in the hopes of alienating reliable Democratic voters. The Great Displacement Theory,” Stewart said, mimicking the conservative language of anti-immigration activists.

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“Ninety-three percent of the illegal guns used in crime in New York City don't come from here,” he continued. “The guns come from states like Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, where the laws are lax, and believe me, Florida doesn't send us its best guns. They bring guns for drugs and crime and rapists, and some of them, I assume, are good guns.”

“So there is only one real solution. Unfortunately, for the borders of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, we have to – what's the word?” he concludes, before showing a clip of Trump supporters at a rally shouting “Build that wall!”