Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart said Thursday night that "everybody who is a Nazi sure does seem to like" President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE.
In his appearance in comedian Dave Chapelle's live show at Radio City Music Hall, Stewart rehashed his two-night Twitter spat with Trump in 2013. Trump called the late-night host "John Liebowitz," a move that Stewart called a "white supremacist trope," and said Trump was "signaling to the underworld that Jews are among us."
"Anyways, smash cut four years later, and he's our president," Stewart added, as reported by Sopan Deb of The New York Times.
Stewart, who regularly mocked Trump's campaign during his final days on "The Daily Show," is the latest to accuse him of sympathies toward neo-Nazis following his reaction to the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a woman died and at least a dozen others were injured when a man with alleged racist ties plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters.
"This is — I don’t even know what the f--- to say about a situation like this. … I knew it would be bad because, and in the president’s defense, he is a terrible person,” Stewart said. "I don't think everybody who likes him is a Nazi, but everybody who is a Nazi sure does seem to like him."
1st part of what Stewart had to say tonight: "It wasn’t so much that there were Nazis. It was really the reaction by certain presidents." pic.twitter.com/77LjBsDH1y— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 18, 2017
Stewart's comments come after several white nationalist leaders voiced support for Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville. Trump said there were "fine people" among both the far-right groups rallying there and the protesters opposing them.
Trump drew bipartisan condemnation for saying "many sides" deserved a share of the blame.
Former Louisiana lawmaker and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Trump showed "courage & honesty" for calling out "alt-left" groups protesting at Charlottesville. White supremacist Richard Spencer, one of the "Unite the Right" rally's organizers, also praised Trump for his controversial comments on the riot.
"But here's some clues he's not a great person," Stewart continued. "He lives in a building with his name on it in giant letters. Good people don't ride like that," he said.