Jon Stewart is a wizard with words, but apparently his mastery can be appreciated even in silence. The Daily Show host took an unusual approach during Monday's episode in his opening monologue — he didn't say a single word. Yes, Jon Stewart silently mocked Mike Huckabee for the Republican's comments that President Obama's Iran deal would condemn the Israelis to a fate like the Holocaust.
During conservative radio show Sirius XM Patriot on Saturday, Huckabee blasted the historic Iran deal that would relieve sanctions on the Middle East country in exchange for limits to its nuclear program, claiming it would threaten the United States' most critical ally in the region: Israel.
This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. He's so naive, he would trust the Iranians, and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.
Wait, what? Did Huckabee just bring the Holocaust into his critique? Yup. Not only did the right-wing candidate reference one of the biggest human rights atrocities in world history, he stood by his comments during a Fox News segment Monday.
Three times I've been to Auschwitz. When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door. I know exactly what it looks like.
Those are the kinds of words that would elicit the strongest of strong comebacks from Stewart, but the comedian went an alternative route. Stewart relied solely on raised eyebrows and grunts to go through all the emotions he was feeling. That included pantomiming outrage, disbelief, and wistful longing for the long gone Huckabee who compared the experience ordering chicken and biscuits at Popeyes to being a victim of sexual assault.
When it comes to Huckabee, maybe there really are just no words to say. Through pundit clips, the segment suggested that perhaps all of this was just a ploy for Huckabee to get ahead of a Republican competitor, whose notoriously controversial remarks has reaped rewards with voters. I'm talking about Donald Trump and the so-called "Trump Effect." Despite his racialized remarks against Mexicans during his announcement speech, Trump has pulled far ahead of the GOP pack, as the business mogul leads with 18 percent of the Republican vote, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll.
But as Stewart showed in a montage of past Huckabee soundbites, the SMH moments from the conservative came long before this White House race began. From his joke about transgender people (which, by the way, elicited a middle finger out of Stewart's coat pocket) to his attack on Beyoncé, the former Arkansas governor might actually be the original "Trump" of the Republican Party. And to think, the man was given his own Fox News show.
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