Jon Stewart: Why Weren’t Republicans Mad When we Toppled Saddam Statue
Jon Stewart was once the host of the Daily Show which tackled America’s current events in a humorous fashion. Stewart’s mastery of this type of part comedy, part serious discussion made him one of the most important voices in the country. In 2015, the comic abruptly left his show to pursue other endeavors.
One of those endeavors was directing movies. Stewart has a new movie out called Irresistible and he has made the talk show rounds to promote the film. During an appearance on the Daily Show, now hosted by Trevor Noah, Stewart was asked about the subject of Confederate statues.
The removal of these statues, either by governments or protesters has become a flash button issue during the recent George Floyd protests. Donald Trump has seemingly taken the side of the Confederacy, going all out to protect the monuments.
He began with a question for the audience. “People say, you’re erasing our history. When the Saddam Hussein statue fell in Baghdad, I don’t recall Republicans at the time going ‘Big mistake! You don’t want to erase your history! That’s your history!’
Stewart also noted that the statues honor the people who fought America rather than telling the true story. ”The plaque on the statue is not history,” he said. “It doesn’t say ‘this mother f—er thought that he should fight a war to ensure that he can have slaves on his plantation for his own benefit.
Watch the entire interview here, courtesy of Comedy Central: