Jon Stewart mocks indicted Sen. Bob Menendez: ‘How dumb is you?’

Jon Stewart mocks indicted Sen. Bob Menendez: ‘How dumb is you?’

Jury selection for Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial began Monday, and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart broke down the allegations against him. The New Jersey senator and former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is accused of taking bribes from three businessmen, among other crimes. The evidence against Menendez includes 13 gold bars seized by authorities during a raid of his home 

“I don’t mean to get sentimental here,” Stewart joked, “but in what other country in the world can a Cuban American senator work hand in hand with an Egyptian-born businessman to corner the halal meat market?”

Menendez’s defense team has indicated they will be arguing the gold bars in his possession are the result of “intergenerational trauma.” Stewart mocked this dubious strategy, saying, “These are simply my emotional support gold bars.” But for Stewart, this was just a starting point for a conversation about political corruption.

“You, sir, are an elected official in America’s most respected legislative body. It’s like a license to print money,” Stewart said. “You don’t need to break the law so cartoonishly when the legal corruption in the Senate is so f—ing lucrative. Which brings us to our new segment—Senator Robert Menendez: How Dumb is You?”

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