On Thursday, Jon Stewart dedicated two segments to the tragic hate crime that resulted in the deaths of nine people in Charleston, SC on Wednesday evening. The political satirist had no intention of making this week's shooting spree into a funny moment.
He shared with the audience:
"I have nothing for you."
However, he took his time in front of the camera to appeal to the American public that this incident was more than a massacre but a terrorist attack.
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"I honestly have nothing other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn't exist… What blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us, and we're killing ourselves.
If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism, we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives, and fly unmanned death machines over five or six different countries. All to keep Americans safe. We gotta do whatever we can. We'll torture people. We gotta do whatever we can to keep Americans safe. Nine people shot in a church? What about that? 'Hey, what are you gonna do? Crazy is as crazy is.'"
Well said, Jon.
As we recently reported, Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, confessed that his intentions for the killing spree was to start a race war. Just terrible.
The Daily Show host continued:
"This is a terrorist attack. This is a violent attack on the Emanuel Church in South Carolina, which is a symbol for the black community. It has stood in that part of Charleston for 100 and some years, and has been attacked viciously many times, as many black churches have. To pretend that — I heard someone on the news say ‘Tragedy has visited Charleston.' This wasn't a tornado. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater."
The Emmy winner then seamlessly transitioned into interviewing education activist, Malala Yousafzai.
Some of Jon's best moments during his tenure on TDS come from the times he's forced to drop the humor — but we wish the often tragic circumstances weren't the case.
Ch-ch-check out his moving speech (below)!
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