“I didn’t do my job today,” Stewart said in the beginning of his monologue. “Maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or if this wasn’t such a common occurrence, I could have pulled out of the spiral, but I didn’t … I honestly have nothing other than sadness.”
For 5 minutes, Jon Stewart broke character to give arguably one of the most impassioned rants ever on his show. Stewart explicitly called the shooting in South Carolina a terrorist attack and expressed frustration over the fact that America will spend tens of billions chasing ISIS and Islamic terrorists around the world, but we won’t do anything about these incidents of domestic terrorism.
“We still won’t do jack s–t,” he remarked.
“What blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves.” – Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Mother Jones said the segment is “probably the most important video we’ve seen in months.”
Social media has been abuzz with chatter about Jon Stewart’s monologue since it went viral. On Twitter, Stewart has received an overwhelmingly positive response for the most part:
— TIME.com (@TIME) June 19, 2015
Jon Stewart speaks for the many sickened not just by these terrorist acts but our denial & inability to stop them. https://t.co/eSxNohoziA
— Dan Therriault (@dantherriault) June 19, 2015
Be clear, we don't champion Jon Stewart for saying the right thing when we need it. We champion him because he does so CONSISTENTLY!
— Becky LO'Shea (@d0ntcallmed0ll) June 19, 2015
Cried my way through last night's Daily Show. I don't know how I'll get through the next horrendous tragedy without Jon Stewart's voice.
— Jeff Cannata (@jeffcannata) June 19, 2015
Jon Stewart's powerful intro to last night's @TheDailyShow is why he has a strong claim to the title of The Greatest Living American.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) June 19, 2015
Eloquence is a word that has a name, and that name is Jon Stewart. I still remember his speech on 9/11. You will be missed.
— SecuriTay (@SwiftOnSecurity) June 19, 2015
Why can't Jon Stewart run for President?
— Curtis (@rumchampion) June 19, 2015
Jon Stewart makes a great point: we spend trillions when foreign terrorist fly planes into buildings. Domestic terrorists with guns? (shrug)
— Nash (@Nash076) June 19, 2015
Jon Stewart opened my eyes. Had this been a act of Islamic extremism the country would be put on hold.
— Andre Wolff (@AndreWolff_) June 19, 2015
However, while many people do not disagree with Stewart calling this a terrorist attack or that racism is still a problem in the U.S., some people were more concerned about the gun control aspect of the debate even though Stewart said from the very beginning that he didn’t want to get into those political debates.
Jon Stewart, you can't feign offense with the NSA and then demand more gun control. Freedom has consequences.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 19, 2015
I'll listen to Jon Stewart's opinions on gun control when he gets rid of his armed security.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 19, 2015
Both Obama & Jon Stewart coming out HARD for gun control today – like "you're either with us or against us" type hard… typical.
— ɱɪƙɛ (@2Lu88) June 19, 2015
— Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) June 19, 2015