Mary Trump Labels Jon Stewart 'Democratic Threat'

Mary Trump vehemently criticizes satirical political commentary.

by Nouman Rasool
Mary Trump Labels Jon Stewart 'Democratic Threat'
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"The Daily Show" alum, who was the iconic show's comedian from 1999 to 2015, made news in a surprise return to the show this week following his commentary about the 2024 presidential election. His comeback, marking an end to a 9-year hiatus, follows in the wake of Trevor Noah's departure last December.

Stewart's return, only part-time for the election season though it may be, has drawn a reaction - not least from Mary Trump. During his appearance, Stewart didn't beat around the bush in addressing the elephant in the room: the age and fitness of 2024 presidential contestants, those being current President Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

He humorously insisted on the fact that, after all, both contenders have to go through the ordeal, which also involves their ages, and asked if they are up to it. "These two candidates, they are both similarly challenged.the oldest people in the history of the country to ever run for president might have some of these challenges," Stewart said.

"Jon Stewart's danger to democracy," she wrote in an especially excoriating e-mail. She said Stewart was not only doing a disservice to his audience and the truth but was also playing into his own self-styled character as an equal-opportunity offender by making jokes about both parties being equally problematic.

"The stakes are existential," she argued.

Mary Trump's Sharp Rebuke

Mary Trump also didn't like Stewart's hint that her uncle Donald Trump is "vibrant, productive, or even capable." She resolutely shot back, "In what universe is Donald vibrant, productive or capable??.Donald isn't vibrant.

He is compulsive and unhinged. Donald isn't productive. He is inept. Donald isn't capable. He is a disaster." But her real beef isn't that Stewart brought up Biden's age. It's the comparison Stewart made to Donald Trump. She says the two are not at all comparable, especially in using words like "astounding" to describe Biden's accomplishments versus labeling Donald Trump a "fascist," "racist," and "cognitively impaired." And Mary Trump, too, looked back to Stewart's earlier comic antics, not least "The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," a satirical event that, she believed, contributed so much to political apathy and the rise of the right that eventually swept her uncle, Donald Trump, to power.

She said she considered Stewart to be enabling the same sort of dangerous rhetoric that, in her opinion, helped to normalize Donald Trump as a candidate and that his candidacy should be called out as abnormal.