Jon Stewart Tears Apart Sean Hannity’s Idiotic Defense Of Welfare Rancher Cliven Bundy

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After a week-long break, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show aired a memorably funny new episode on Monday night. Host Jon Stewart spent the first segment of the show discussing Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the recent news surrounding him. Stewart then performed a scathing dissection of  Fox News host Sean Hannity’s defense and justification of Bundy’s actions.


The segment began with Stewart doing a quick recap of Bundy’s story. Basically, he pointed out that Bundy had failed to pay grazing fees for twenty years and that it culminated in an armed standoff. A clip of former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack was played, where he stated that they planned on placing women on the frontline to get shot in order to make some kind of point about the evilness of the federal government. This culminated in Stewart offering up a new mock segment for the show title ‘I Don’t Get It,’ brought to you by ‘Ehh.’

At this point, Stewart wondered, “How is this guy a hero?” A clip is aired of Bundy saying he doesn’t believe that the US government actually exists. This led to a pretty funny moment where Stewart pretends he is Bundy waxing philosophical, discussing Descartes and the true meaning of laws and whether or not we are all just brains in a jar. This is followed up with a video clip of Bundy riding a horse waving a US flag proclaiming his victory. The irony wasn’t lost on Stewart, as he pointed out the extreme hypocrisy shown by a man waving the flag of a nation he claims he doesn’t believe in. At least the Confederacy was able to come up with their own flag.

However, Stewart really turned up the heat when he shifted to one of his favorite targets: Hannity. He questioned who would actually be on Bundy’s side, considering that no courts, state or federal, support any of Bundy’s claims. On queue, a video of Hannity was shown. Stewart then tore Hannity apart, showing his obvious duplicity and insincerity when it came to his support of Cliven Bundy.

First, Stewart pondered the thought of only following laws that you want to follow, much like Bundy is doing with the grazing fees. He then aired clips of Hannity chastising guests on his show for cherry-picking laws. The Daily Show host then wanted to know how Hannity felt about people not giving up, even though they’ve lost in court, much like Bundy has done several times. Of course, we were shown times where Hannity ripped into guests telling them they’ve lost in court and it’s time to give up.

Stewart wasn’t done with Hannity. Stewart wondered how Hannity would feel about people not paying their fair share to the government and scamming the system. This was followed by a clip of Hannity with Fox News’ favorite red herring, the Food Stamp Surfer. Finally, Stewart posits that perhaps Hannity is just enamored with Bundy’s cowboy hat, since everything else Bundy stands for Hannity has railed against in the past. A picture of Bundy is then changed to make him appear like an Occupy protester. Of course, we then see a clip of Hannity criticizing Occupy protesters for trespassing and breaking the law.

“How far out there is Hannity?”, Stewart asked. A Glenn Beck clip was aired with Beck interviewing Bundy. During the interview, Beck called Bundy a ‘welfare rancher’ and told him that grazing fees are pretty much the norm for ranchers. Stewart then exclaimed, “Sean Hannity has now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason!” Stewart ended the hilarious and piercing segment by pointedly telling Bundy, who has compared himself with the Founding Fathers, the following: “Dude, you’re a welfare rancher trying to pull off the largest cattle dine and dash.”

While Stewart was off the air last week when the Bundy fracas was major news, he made up for it in his first show back by providing a biting takedown of Hannity’s backing of a freeloading lawbreaker like Bundy. In fact, by being a few days removed from the story, Stewart was able to provide a nice, all-encompassing review of the idiocy surrounding Hannity’s embrace of Bundy, as well as giving the audience a fully thought out opinion of Bundy’s views and perspective.

20 Replies to “Jon Stewart Tears Apart Sean Hannity’s Idiotic Defense Of Welfare Rancher Cliven Bundy”

  1. My question: what in the world is wrong with the
    WOMEN who live with and support these men, who use guns to extend their penis? If any man in my life had even suggested that my children and myself were to be placed in the front of a possible fire fight, I’d quickly think about finishing him off myself. These men are plain and simply cowards.
    Mr. Bundy should just pay up the money he owes the tax payer for the use of OUR land. BUT then I must remember that men like Bundy are cowards of the biggest kind, and really only want to start a civil war.

  2. Hannity’s hypocrisy is hilarious. Swaying in the wind, going from crisis to crisis, never remembering what lies he tells for each.

    Hannity is one of the biggest idiots that could ever exist. Next to Steve Doocy of course

  3. If you have seen, observed any of the clips of the Bundy and his family (especially the one with “a” woman by his side)? The woman had a “permanent” frown she looked as if her life is her written all over her “face”. And, so did the others by his side. They’re faces tell a different story than Bundy and Mack the Manic.

    These people, especially the women, cannot leave the “cult”, just like the members of the FLDS encampment a few hundred mile east of “Bundyville”…I’m hoping that one of the women-folk will escape and start telling her story as to how the “women folk” lives behind barb-wire curtain ruled by Cliven and his sons.

    It will be the same old, tired story told by all those who leave fundamentalist/totalitarian cult compounds.

    Stewart did a good job…that little prick Hannity has no idea as to the impact Stewart makes by providing factual evidence. Nada, zero.

  4. I’m sure Hannity will have something to say about how he was wrongly attacked by Stewart. So too will Bill O’ chime in with his rhetoric. Typical repugnant party politics, pick and choose what laws you want to follow.

  5. Joh Stewarts last comment was priceless. He said Cliven Bundy was trying to pull the ultimate dine and dash.

    He’s a grifter supported by a legion of millionaire grifters.

  6. The Cliven Bundy episode may have major unintended consequences for conservative Republicans. It seems that every variety of fruit and nut is repeating conservative, libertarian and just plain goofy buzzwords in a sort of stream of consciousness fashion at the Bundy ranch.

    Many of the televised assembly of kooks appear mentally deranged. Many are carrying guns and threatening to use them. This spectacle combined with conservative praise for them by Fox News, conservative radio shows and conservative websites is rapidly tarnishing the Republican brand. Republicans look alarmingly unhinged and incapable of managing themselves, much less the government.

    These misfits are doing more harm to the Republicans than the antiwar demonstrators did for the Democrats in the 1960s. It’s becoming clear that Republicans are now not only anti-tax and anti-government, but also anti-American.

  7. I keep hearing the RWNJ’s saying “the government shut down the other 52 ranchers in that area”. That’s funny, there were 53 competitors in that cattle market and the only one left is the one who lowered his costs (by not paying grazing fees) and was able to undercut his competition. I’m no economist but I’m pretty sure Bundy shut down all the neighboring ranches.

  8. Jon Stewart picked and choose what parts of the Bundy issue he wanted to make fun of. He did a good job of making fun, but a poor job of fair reporting. At one time there were 52 cattle ranchers in Clark County, Nevada, an area larger than the entire State of Connecticut. Now there is only one, Cliven Bundy.

  9. Oh bullshit. Bundy is guilty and owes money. His story about his family on the land was debunked today. He is using you and so is Hannity. Get over yourself

    Reid never tried to incite anything. He was talking about the tiny penis gang that showed up with their little guns.

    The subject is Hannity, Bundy and the little penis gang.

  10. BTW, do you know Bundy claimed his family homesteaded his ranch in 1877? Today we find his family moved there when he was 2 years old. This guy is making a huge fool of you

  11. It was just to funny. Mr. Stewart, I swear, can dance between rain drops. He pretty well put that Bundy fiasco in perspective and put the light, on those that needed to be highlighted. End result is that what Bundy tried to pull off, doesn’t change the fact, that he is a freeloader.

    I am in no way a big fan of the BLM, because I have often seen how they do business and if it weren’t for the fact, that they were the feds, they could be arrested and convicted of some of their shoddy heavy handed doings. But…they are a part of the federal government….so it is what it is.

    Those of you who decry Mr. J. Stewart, really don’t care, that he is an entertainer, not a news source. But then again, so is FOX Comedy News and that self appointed Viagra salesperson, rush Limbaugh. They are entertainers and entertainers only, they are not real news sources….at least that is what they claim, when they are being sued.

    Why Hannity decided to jump on the band wagon, that is any ones guess…

  12. Cliven Bundy Muses On What He Knows ‘About The Negro’
    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

    “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom”

  13. True but they are also fiunding out Bundy lied about 90% of the stuff they said they were protecting. He made fools of a lot of people. Well maybe they were already fools

  14. The Republican brand is way past tarnished, it is shot full of holes. I am a Canadian living in Thailand and follow world affairs closely especially US affairs. What is happening in the us is happening world wide from China to Thailand to India even to Canada. As regular people realize they are being had and that the elite and the banksters have rigged the game. Have a look at Jon Stewart’s interview of Elizabeth Warren a night or two ago. She lays it bare that the American people have always been ripped off by the elite but never on a scale like now. Money rules all. The Koch are very much behind these anti american movements as they too don’t want any regulation or interference from the Feds.

  15. Jon Stewart is not about news reporting or straight comedy. He uses satire, a very specific kind of comedy, to debunk and bring some kind of honesty and sanity to the news business. Its the kind of comedy that would have you killed in many countries. You can say some pretty horrible things with a smile on your face. George Carlin passed the torch.
    Hannity and others use the fact that he is on Comedy Central to dismiss him. It’s all they can do as they cannot disprove anything he says.

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