Is Jon Stewart slowly but surely plotting his return to the late-night evisceration tactics that made him a household name? One can only hope. Following news that his four-year deal with HBO may kick off just in time for this year's election, Stewart recently hit Obama strategist David Axelrod's podcast The Axe Files for some delightfully candid thoughts on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and American politics at large.
Stewart questioned Trump's qualifications, though not for the seemingly obvious reasons some would assume. By Stewart's estimations, Trump's status as a bizarre man-baby hybrid should be enough to disqualify him outright. "I'm not a constitutional scholar, so I can't necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you're a man-baby or a baby-man?" Stewart said. According to Stewart, Trump has the "physical countenance of a man and a baby's temperament and hands," an assessment we can't help but imagine as a classic Daily Show bit.
But Stewart didn't stop at declaring the future of the Republican party a man-baby. "When was America great?" Stewart asked, taking aim at Trump's oft-maligned campaign slogan. "What is this time that he speaks of? 1981 to 1982? What are we talking about? And who took your country away from you?" Stewart, who also called Trump a "narcissistic asshole," also shared a few thoughts on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Though he called Clinton "very bright," Stewart admitted he's "not even sure" what her convictions are. "That's not to say that she is not preferable to Donald Trump," Stewart clarified. "At this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump."
So with Stewart clearly set on calling both parties out on their respective BS, what exactly should his longtime fans expect when the storied comedian returns to TV?
"It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, 'We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to,'" HBO CEO Richard Plepler told Variety last week. "My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time."
According to Plepler, the network has gifted Stewart with "free reign to do whatever he wants." Hurry the hell up, Jon. We're starving out here.