Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance at Dave Chappelle's Aug. 17 Radio City Music Hall show. Stewart took the time to address the violent white supremacist rally that occurred over the weekend in Charlottesville and Trump's horrific "both sides" response. Luckily, New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb was in attendance to relay back what was said. Stewart began by remarking, "Music and words and art is a power that can extinguish a Tiki torch."
He continued, "Strange times, strange times. I have to admit, I did not think—it wasn't so much that there were Nazis. It was really the reaction by certain presidents." The comedian went on to make fun of the fascists' bad physical shape, "And I got to tell you, the Nazis have lowered their physical fitness. I remember from the movies I saw."
Stewart also touched on Trump's much-criticized "both sides" comment. "There are two sides? Motherfucker! Two sides! I believe they are called the Allied powers and the Axis powers, and we used to be with the Allied powers. This motherfucker signed a treaty that I don't think any of us know about."
The comedian then pivoted to answering the question of how Trump got into office in the first place.
"We're some dumb motherfuckers sometimes. Here's the real truth. It's not a surprise in the United States of America that we elected Donald Trump president. The truth is it's a surprise that we ever elected Barack Obama president of the United States. Because that is where we rose above our history. Barack Obama was elected in America. Barack Hussein Obama—a man with not one name that sounds natural to the American ear. 'Barack' sounds like the first word of every Jewish prayer."
Deb took to Twitter to share the transcripts of Stewart's comments.
Jon Mayer and Hannibal Buress were also in attendance for the show. If you've missed Stewart since his departure from the Daily Show, don't fret. He's headed to HBO for a an as-yet-untitled comedy special. A release date has yet to be confirmed.