Jon Stewart Calls BS on Trump & the GOP's Performative Patriotism | The Daily Show

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11 Mar 202414:46

Summary

TLDRThe transcript satirizes President Biden's State of the Union address and the subsequent Republican rebuttal, highlighting the political divide and the GOP's claims of being the 'real Americans.' It mocks the Republican's alleged hypocrisy regarding the Constitution and the rule of law, particularly in their support for Trump, despite his controversial statements and actions. The commentary critiques the notion of 'Trumpism' as a form of patriotism, urging for a more honest and historically accurate representation of American values.

Takeaways

  • 📣 President Biden delivered the State of the Union address, outlining his vision for the nation and addressing concerns about his age and energy levels.
  • 💪 Biden emphasized resilience, stating that when America gets knocked down, it gets back up.
  • 🚫 He issued a firm message to President Putin to stop banning books and reiterated the importance of universal background checks and border security.
  • 🌟 The State of the Union was presented as strong and improving, eliciting cheers and applause from the audience.
  • 🥊 A humorous jab was made at the perceived naysayers questioning Biden's ability to lead.
  • 🎭 The script includes a satirical take on the Democratic message and its potential rebuttal by the GOP.
  • 🇺🇸 Senator Katie Britt's rebuttal was criticized as ineffective, but it highlighted the Republican stance on hardworking families and patriotism.
  • 📜 The Republican claim of being the 'party of the real American people' and inheritors of the revolutionary tradition was discussed, with a focus on their reverence for the Constitution.
  • 😅 A comedic critique of the GOP's actions that seemingly contradict their proclaimed love for the Constitution was presented.
  • 🗣️ The script satirizes the idea of Trump supporters wanting a dictator and the former president's disregard for constitutional principles.
  • 👑 The final message warns against framing support for Trump's potential dictatorial tendencies as patriotism and calls for historical accuracy in political discourse.

Q & A

  • What was the main purpose of President Biden's State of the Union address?

    -The main purpose of President Biden's State of the Union address was to lay out his vision for the nation and demonstrate his capability to lead despite criticisms about his age and energy levels.

  • How did the speaker describe the President's entrance into the House Chamber?

    -The speaker humorously described President Biden's entrance into the House Chamber as navigating through a divided Congress and barely getting past a metaphorical 'bridge troll' who guards the podium.

  • What message did President Biden convey to President Putin regarding book banning?

    -President Biden's message to President Putin was a firm stance against book banning, stating it is wrong and urging him to stop the practice.

  • What policy did Senator Katie Britt criticize in her rebuttal?

    -Senator Katie Britt criticized President Biden's border policies, calling them a disgrace and urging the President to end the crisis and stop the suffering.

  • How did the speaker describe the Republican Party's claim to be the inheritors of the American revolutionary tradition?

    -The speaker described the Republican Party's claim as part of their mythology, suggesting that they believe themselves to be more 'American' than non-Republican Americans and the party of 'real' Americans.

  • What did the speaker imply about the Republicans' handling of the Constitution?

    -The speaker implied that Republicans, despite their public displays of reverence for the Constitution, have supported actions and statements that contradict its principles, such as advocating for presidential immunity above the law.

  • What example did the speaker give to illustrate the Republican's contradictory stance on the Constitution?

    -The speaker cited a hypothetical scenario where a person is shot on suspicion of theft, highlighting that this would violate not only the Constitution but also other fundamental principles like the 10 Commandments and basic human rights.

  • How did the speaker address the issue of freedom of the press and assembly as related to President Trump's actions?

    -The speaker criticized President Trump's attacks on the first amendment and freedom of the press, as well as his suggestions to use military force against protesters, which the speaker argued are contrary to constitutional rights.

  • What was the speaker's point about the support for Trump as a potential dictator?

    -The speaker highlighted that some supporters are willing to endorse Trump as a dictator, despite this being against the democratic principles and constitutional order of the United States.

  • What historical reference did the speaker make to emphasize the inappropriateness of supporting dictatorship?

    -The speaker referenced Thomas Nast's cartoon, which depicted patriots adorned in American flags supporting dictatorship, to emphasize the irony and inappropriateness of framing support for dictatorship as patriotism.

  • What was the speaker's final message to those who support Trump's disregard for constitutional principles?

    -The speaker's final message was a call for those supporters to recognize the implications of their stance and to stop framing it as patriotism, suggesting instead that they should acknowledge the monarchical implications of their support if they wish to be historically accurate.

Outlines

00:00

🗣️ President Biden's State of the Union and Critics

This paragraph discusses President Joseph R. Biden the XXII's State of the Union address, highlighting his challenge to present a vision for the nation while dispelling notions of being too old or tired for the presidency. It touches on his entrance into the House Chamber, his message of resilience to the American people, his stance against President Putin's book banning, and his call for universal background checks and border bill legislation. The paragraph also includes a humorous take on the reactions of the audience and critics, particularly focusing on the rebuttal by Alabama Senator Katie Britt, and the perceived disconnect between the Democratic party and 'real Americans'.

05:01

🇺🇸 Republican Emphasis on American Values and Constitution

The second paragraph delves into the Republican Party's claim of being the true inheritors of American revolutionary tradition and their staunch adherence to the Constitution. It satirically critiques the GOP's frequent displays of constitutional devotion, including speeches and public displays, while pointing out inconsistencies in their actions, such as Trump's lawyer's controversial claims and the former president's attacks on constitutional principles like freedom of the press and assembly. The summary highlights the irony of Republicans advocating for presidential immunity and dictatorship, urging them to align their actions with their proclaimed values.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡State of the Union

The State of the Union is an annual address given by the President of the United States to Congress, outlining the administration's accomplishments and goals. In the transcript, this event is humorously referred to as 'the Oscars of politics,' highlighting its significance and the high level of attention it garners.

💡Biden

Refers to President Joseph Raisinette Biden the XXII, the current President of the United States. The transcript discusses his performance during the State of the Union address, including the perception of his age and energy levels.

💡border bill

The border bill refers to legislation related to immigration and border security. In the context of the transcript, it is a contentious issue that President Biden is urging Congress to pass, reflecting ongoing debates about immigration policy in the United States.

💡universal background checks

Universal background checks are a proposed measure to enhance gun control in the United States by requiring background checks for all firearm purchases. The concept is a point of contention between gun control advocates and those who value unfettered Second Amendment rights.

💡Republican mythology

Republican mythology, as used in the transcript, refers to the narrative or set of beliefs propagated by the Republican Party, which includes the idea that they are the 'party of the real American people' and the inheritors of the American revolutionary tradition. This concept is often used to differentiate the party's values from those of the Democratic Party.

💡Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States, outlining the structure of the federal government and the rights of its citizens. In the transcript, it is humorously discussed as being central to the Republican identity, with members often claiming a deep commitment to its principles.

💡dictatorship

A dictatorship is a form of government where a single person or a small group holds absolute power, often without the consent of the governed. In the transcript, the term is used to critique the perceived desire among some supporters of former President Trump for a strongman leader who operates outside the constraints of the Constitution.

💡Magna Carta

The Magna Carta is a historic charter that established the principle that everyone, including the king, is subject to the law. It is considered a cornerstone of liberty and the rule of law. In the transcript, the Magna Carta is humorously referenced to emphasize the importance of legal accountability, even for the highest office in the land.

💡Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights refers to the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, which guarantee certain fundamental civil rights and freedoms. In the transcript, the Bill of Rights is discussed in the context of perceived threats to these rights, particularly under the Trump administration.

💡patriotism

Patriotism is the love for, devotion to, and sense of attachment and commitment to one's country. In the transcript, the term is used to critique the way some individuals equate support for a particular political figure or party with love for the country, suggesting an exclusive claim to patriotism.

💡Trump

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States, whose tenure and policies continue to be a significant point of discussion and controversy. In the transcript, Trump is mentioned in the context of his perceived disregard for constitutional principles and his appeal to certain segments of the American population.

Highlights

The State of the Union address by Joseph Raisinette Biden the XXII emphasized his vision for the nation and addressed concerns about his age and vitality.

Biden's message to the American people is one of resilience, stating that when America gets knocked down, it gets back up.

President Biden directly addressed President Putin, condemning the banning of books and calling for it to stop.

Biden called for universal background checks and urged Congress to send him the border bill.

The State of the Union was described as strong and getting stronger, receiving cheers and applause.

Senator Katie Britt's rebuttal to Biden's State of the Union was criticized for its quality.

Britt's rebuttal highlighted the Republican Party as the party of hard-working parents and families.

The Republican claim to be the inheritors of the American revolutionary tradition was discussed, with the assertion that they are the 'real Americans'.

The Constitution was central to the discussion, with Republicans asserting their devotion to it and their adherence to its principles.

A humorous moment involved a reference to needing a prettier mirror, followed by cheers and applause.

The transcript includes a critique of the GOP's claim that they are more American than non-Republicans.

The Constitution's importance was satirically questioned, with a fictional account of a president's legal license to murder.

The First Amendment and freedom of the press were discussed, with criticism towards Trump's alleged attacks on these principles.

The Fifth Amendment and due process were mentioned, with a critique of the idea that robbery suspects should be shot.

The concept of presidential immunity and dictatorship was satirically addressed, with references to Trump's alleged disregard for constitutional principles.

The transcript ends with a call to stop framing support for Trump as patriotism and a critique of the Republican's use of the Constitution.

Transcripts

00:00

The big event we need to talk about

00:02

is the Oscars of politics.

00:03

The State of the Union addressed last Thursday night,

00:06

Joseph Raisinette Biden the XXII.

00:10

[CHEERS]

00:16

He had the unenviable task of having to lay out his vision

00:19

for the nation whilst also demonstrating that he is not

00:22

too old, not too tired to be the president of the

00:24

United States.

00:26

And that he wouldn't rather just tie thousands of balloons

00:29

to the White House and head to Paradise Falls.

00:31

[LAUGHTER]

00:36

And so, President Biden entered the House Chamber,

00:41

navigating through our divided Congress and barely,

00:44

barely, barely getting past the bridge troll

00:48

who guards the podium.

00:50

What say you, sir?

00:53

I say to the American people, when America gets

00:56

knocked down, we get back up.

00:58

My message to President Putin, who

01:00

I've known for a long time, is simple, we will not walk away.

01:05

Banning books is wrong.

01:07

I say stop it.

01:09

Stop it. Stop it.

01:10

Stop it.

01:11

Pass universal background checks.

01:13

Send me the border bill now.

01:16

The State of our Union is strong and getting stronger.

01:19

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

01:21

[CHANTS]

01:24

Which one of you pricks wants to fight?

01:27

[LAUGHTER]

01:29

Put up your dukes.

01:31

Biden's back, baby.

01:33

I know that all the haters have been

01:35

out there talking their shit.

01:38

He's too old.

01:39

He's too weak.

01:40

He can't make it.

01:41

He won't be able to stand.

01:42

Oh, I see you haters.

01:44

I know who you are.

01:46

[LAUGHTER]

01:57

Really.

01:58

You know, we said in rehearsal, can

02:00

you get me a prettier mirror?

02:01

And, boy, boy did they deliver.

02:05

That is--

02:07

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

02:12

Of course, by the way, State of the Union

02:14

was just the Democratic message.

02:15

Would that message survive--

02:18

would that message survive a concise and

02:20

intelligent rebuttal?

02:26

I mean-- Is what happens.

02:28

It happened on Thursday.

02:30

I should read the whole thing, though, I should.

02:33

Would it survive a concise and intelligent rebuttal

02:35

from the GOP?

02:38

Or whatever it was that Alabama Senator Katie Britt.

02:43

To the kitchen, Batman!

02:46

Our families are hurting.

02:49

Our country can do better.

02:52

President Biden's border policies are a disgrace.

02:58

Mr President, enough is enough.

03:02

End this crisis and stop the suffering.

03:06

We see you, we hear you and we stand with you.

03:16

[LAUGHTER]

03:21

If you're, if you're going to stand with me,

03:26

would you stand a little bit further away?

03:31

I imagine one of her kids just came downstairs and was

03:33

like, I'm sorry, mom, I just came

03:34

down to get a bowl of cereal.

03:37

I didn't realize you were losing your I didn't realize you were losing your [BLEEP] mind. mind.

03:41

I'll come back when the Xannies kick in.

03:44

Now, look, everybody's had a bit of a go at Senator Britt

03:47

because her rebuttal was objectively terrible,

03:50

but there was one moment in her rebuttal

03:55

that didn't get as much attention,

03:57

that I thought was quite interesting.

04:00

We are the party of hard working parents and families.

04:05

So I am asking you, for the sake

04:07

of your kids and your grandkids, get into the arena.

04:13

Never forget.

04:14

We are steeped in the blood of patriots

04:18

who overthrew the most powerful empire in the world.

04:23

Two things.

04:24

[LAUGHTER]

04:29

One, who smiles when they say the line,

04:33

steeped in the blood of patriots?

04:36

[LAUGHTER]

04:40

And number two, this is just one more entry

04:43

in the Republican mythology that they

04:46

are the inheritors of the American

04:49

revolutionary tradition.

04:51

That they somehow are more American

04:54

than non-republican Americans.

04:57

We are the party of the real American people.

05:00

Real America, where people work hard, they're patriotic.

05:05

They don't want to transform America

05:07

like the Democratic party wants to do.

05:09

This liberal bubble in New York or, you know,

05:11

in California that don't understand

05:13

where real Americans are at.

05:14

The Democrat elite--

05:15

Very simply hate America.

05:20

I don't think they hate America.

05:22

They hate room temperature yoga, is really--

05:25

[LAUGHTER]

05:31

Yoga is supposed to be very hot.

05:33

Just out of curiosity, what is it

05:35

about the Republican Party that makes it "Americannier"

05:41

than the rest of us?

05:42

We're the party and ideology of the Constitution.

05:46

Every decision that I make, starts

05:47

with asking the questions, is this constitutional?

05:50

I believe in this document.

05:52

I carry it with me next to my heart,

05:54

because I refer to it daily.

05:56

As we all know, the Constitution

05:59

starts with the three most important words outside

06:02

the Bible, We, the people.

06:05

The power of we, the people.

06:07

We, the people.

06:09

The Constitution.

06:10

We believe in it.

06:11

They do not.

06:15

[LAUGHTER]

06:21

Why-- why did you Why-- why did you [BLEEP] rip it up? rip it up?

06:24

That was your copy.

06:26

You said that that's what they do.

06:28

But you did it, you ripped it off.

06:31

Like Sinéad O'Connor is like, I believe in the Pope.

06:33

Rip.

06:37

But, oh yes, it's an article of faith

06:39

that Republicans love the Constitution.

06:42

They give speeches in front of the Constitution.

06:46

They cover their buses in the Constitution.

06:49

They dress up like the people who wrote the Constitution.

06:53

Do you, communists?

06:57

With your unconstitutioned buses and zero-cornered hats.

07:05

That's why these patriots love Donald Trump.

07:07

For he alone will restore the rule of law

07:11

in our constitutional republic.

07:14

Trump's lawyer claimed the president

07:16

has a legal license to murder his American political rivals.

07:22

[LAUGHTER]

07:34

Just going to-- just going to check my-- hold on.

07:37

Just gonna check my--

07:41

I actually keep my heart next to my Constitution.

07:44

[LAUGHTER]

07:49

That's how import-- my hands are shaking, I'm so nervous!

07:53

[LAUGHTER]

07:57

I don't see anything in here about assassinating

07:59

your political rivals.

08:01

Oh, wait, wait.

08:02

Here it is, hold on.

08:04

Oh, yes, it says the president must faithfully execute.

08:08

Well, I think we're done here.

08:09

Oh, sorry.

08:12

The laws of the land, never mind.

08:14

Well, I don't want to be a nitpicker,

08:16

but I do not remember the assassination

08:19

episode of Schoolhouse Rock.

08:22

Under the Constitution, wouldn't you

08:24

get in some trouble for that?

08:26

I feel that as a president you have

08:29

to have immunity, very simple.

08:31

Yes, it is the bedrock American

08:33

constitutional principle, the President

08:35

must be above the law.

08:38

Out of reach of the law.

08:40

Look, forget the Constitution, accountability

08:44

to the law of the land is basic Magna Carta shit.

08:49

[CHEERS]

08:54

I keep a tiny Magna Carta in my--

08:57

You know what, I'm sorry, this is just a flip book.

08:59

Hold on.

09:01

Oh, a dog's never going to catch that car.

09:05

[LAUGHTER]

09:10

Maybe they like Trump because he's

09:12

more of a bill of rights guy.

09:15

President Trump attacking the first Amendment

09:17

and freedom of the press.

09:19

You take the writer and or the publisher

09:22

of the paper, a certain paper, you know, and you

09:25

say, who is the leaker?

09:27

National Security.

09:29

And they say, we're not going to tell you.

09:30

They say, that's OK, you're going to jail.

09:33

And when this person realizes that he

09:35

is going to be the bride of another prisoner

09:38

very shortly--

09:46

I believe it was Thomas Jefferson

09:47

who once said, our liberty depends

09:50

on the freedom of the press.

09:52

Though, obviously, as with any right,

09:54

there is some wiggle room for non consensual ass--

09:57

[BLEEP]

09:58

[LAUGHTER]

10:01

Don't-- don't blame me, that's Jefferson.

10:04

He said that.

10:06

Thomas Jefferson.

10:09

Look it up.

10:11

Hold on, let me get--

10:14

But that's the press.

10:15

The press are the enemy of the people.

10:17

How does Trump feel about freedom of assembly?

10:20

He says, can't you just shoot them?

10:22

Just shoot them in the legs or something.

10:24

And he's suggesting that that's what we should do.

10:26

That we should bring in the troops

10:27

and shoot the protesters.

10:29

The Commander in Chief was suggesting that the US

10:32

Military shoot protesters.

10:35

- Yes, in the streets-- - American protestors.

10:37

--of our Nation's Capital.

10:38

That's right.

10:40

Well they'd still be free to assemble.

10:41

Just the assembly would be more of a pile.

10:44

That's all.

10:45

But that's just hearsay from Trump's Secretary of defense

10:50

at the time.

10:51

Look-- How about the Fifth Amendment, due process.

10:56

Very simply, if you rob a store,

10:59

you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store.

11:05

What the - What the [BLEEP] are we doing? are we doing?

11:08

You know, I'm pretty sure that shooting a guy on suspicion

11:12

of stealing a pair of khakis violates

11:15

not only the Constitution but the 10 Commandments

11:17

and the Gap Employee Handbook.

11:20

[LAUGHTER]

11:32

All right.

11:34

I promise you that is the end of the things in my jacket.

11:38

Now, we've had our fun dancing around the former president's

11:42

rather eccentric interpretations

11:43

of our country's founding document.

11:46

May I offer you something more explicit?

11:49

I only want to be a dictator for one day.

11:54

[LAUGHTER]

11:57

Just so you know, that is how it starts.

12:01

I'm not saying anybody has to do the arm salute.

12:07

Let's just start with a few people doing the arm salute

12:09

and we'll see if the arm salute catches on.

12:13

Ignoring the bill of rights, tearing up the Constitution,

12:16

pining for a brief stint as a dictator,

12:19

well that settles it.

12:20

When the good, patriotic, Constitution-loving, real

12:23

Americans hear Trump's disrespect and disdain

12:26

for our sacred constitutional principles,

12:29

they will be outraged.

12:31

I'd rather have Donald Trump as a dictator for four years.

12:33

Absolutely.

12:34

This country needs a dictator.

12:36

I hate to say that, but it's the truth.

12:38

He could stand on the front steps of the White House

12:41

and commit murder and I'm with him.

12:43

If he says it, then I'll go with it

12:45

and if he wants to be a dictator, then so be it.

12:49

This is it.

12:50

The Thomas Nast cartoon.

12:53

Patriots, festooned in American flags,

12:56

co-signing dictatorship.

12:58

Remember, we, the people?

12:59

You know there's more words after that, right?

13:02

Smaller font, still binding.

13:05

Look, if you want to love Trump, love him.

13:11

Go to the rallies, buy the sneakers.

13:14

You want to give him absolute power?

13:15

You want him to be the leader über alles?

13:17

You want him to have the right of kings?

13:20

You do you, but stop framing it as patriotism.

13:25

Because the one thing the fact is

13:31

that Donald Trump is following the tradition of the founders.

13:36

He is advocating for complete and total

13:39

presidential immunity.

13:41

His words not mine.

13:43

That is monarchy shit.

13:45

And it's your right to support it, but just do me a favor

13:48

for historical accuracy.

13:50

Next time you want to dress up at the rallies,

13:53

wear the right wear the right [BLEEP] colored coats. colored coats.

13:59

That's what you are.

14:02

And I just want to tell you this.

14:11

And I want you to know, we see you, we hear you.

14:26

[LAUGHTER]

14:29

Enough.

14:30

I can't do it.

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