Jon Stewart: ‘Trump is the real cancel culture’

Jon Stewart: ‘Trump is the real cancel culture’

Jon Stewart devoted 10 minutes of “The Daily Show” Monday night to the mythology of so-called liberal cancel culture. After Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker received well-deserved criticism for giving a bigoted and misogynist commencement speech at a conservative Catholic college, right-wing media types went into a tizzy, claiming Butker was being “canceled.”

“Nothing about the right-wing reaction is surprising, because the idea that there is an all-pervasive, all-powerful threat to free speech called ‘cancel culture’ has become a central tenet of modern conservatism,” Stewart explained. “They celebrate their being silenced at conferences. They celebrate their being silenced on podcasts and streaming outlets. They celebrate their being silenced with over 700 book titles about being ‘canceled.’”

Stewart showed clips of Fox News’ Sean Hannity lamenting the outrage of those on the left, and even claiming that he, Sean Hannity, “doesn’t get outraged” when he doesn’t agree with someone else.

“They’re so full of shit that Sean Hannity can say with a square head, ‘I’m not the kind of guy who gets outraged.’” Stewart exclaimed. “Sean Hannity! He’s basically just a meat-bag support system for a forehead vein.”

“But contrary to conservatives’ victimization complex, there is no organized cancel culture conspiracy where even the slightest misstep can 100% get someone on the right ‘canceled,’” Steward said. “But actually, there is—oh, there is one.” 

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