There were no jokes delivered when Jon Stewart addressed the tragic mass shooting in South Carolina’s Charleston during “The Daily Show” Thursday night. After a white gunman killed nine black people at a church, the late-night host didn’t have it in him to rattle off a string of light-hearted puns. Instead, he delivered a passionate speech. This led some Twitter users to ask him to run for president.
“I got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina,” Stewart said. “I honestly have nothing other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist.”
The comedian dubbed the attack a “terrorist” act, noting there are roads in South Carolina still named for Confederate generals. “That’s insanity,” Stewart said. “That’s racial wallpaper. You can’t allow that.” He added that the Confederate flag continued to fly at full staff near the State House after the shooting. “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina ... and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”
Some Netizens were so moved by Stewart’s monologue that they wanted to see him run for president. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it, why not Stewart? A few of the comments by Twitter users appear below:
If Jon Stewart ran for president,he would definitely have my vote
— Tanya Meanass. (@_BaDunCHING_) June 19, 2015
Jon Stewart should run for next President of the USA... If Donald and Jeb can?...
— Paulo Ferreira (@pfrr) June 19, 2015
I wish Jon Stewart would run for president https://t.co/fuTe9QLcGp
— Aamna Khan (@aamnakh) June 19, 2015
'Jon Stewart for President' Call Fans After 'The Daily Show' Monologue on Charleston Shooting. Watch this. http://t.co/6dBfx2vIrU
— Terry Shanahan (@TShanahanCPO) June 19, 2015
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