Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show tonight (Thursday, 2015-07-02) with a segment about Donald Trump, his recent comments about immigrants coming in from or through Mexico, the media coverage, and the attempts by some politicians and Fox News talking heads to minimize what Trump actually said. The video and transcript follow, below the fold.
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Jon Stewart: ... I want to talk about one person who has been there for me, really throughout this whole run, but especially near the end of the run. His name is, uh, Donald. [applause] And he's a good man. And Donald recently glided back into my life on his solid gold up-and-down people mover, cranked up the unauthorized Neil Young, opened up his crazy hole, and made a promise to me that I would never be without material again.
Trump: When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems. And they're bringing those problems with us [sic]. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some — I assume — are good people.Stewart: That's our good friend Donald Trump, reminding America that as many as a handful of people [laughter] coming across our southern border are not rapists — he assumes. He's sure about the rapist part, but feels that — I guess by pure law of averages — there are probably some non-rapists caught up in that tide, whether they are unable to rape for medical reasons, or, uh, whether they are just all raped out. [laughter] As you can imagine, this statement from a [pauses, looks at notes] Republican Presidential candidate [stifles a laugh] — was noticed.
News announcers: — NBC announced their plans to cut all business ties to Donald Trump.Stewart: I am shocked! [laughter] I am shocked — that so many people were OK doing business with Donald Trump, up to this point. But you know our P.C. culture: it immediately moves to shut controversial speakers up. And censor them. By interviewing them, everywhere, all the time.
— Univision is dropping all ties with Donald Trump.
— Macy's joins the list...
— Add Serta mattress company to the list...
— Even Ricky Martin is yanking his foundation golf tournament off of a Trump property...
News announcers: — But I want to know whether not you stick by these comments.Stewart: And before you answer, remember my question included the words "regret," "rapist," and "you" — which, in the news business, is called "a hint." [laughter] Now, obviously, Mr. Trump was speaking extemporaneously. Did Donald take this opportunity to walk back his comments? To express regret over misrepresenting the situation, of saying something inelegantly? Of course not. You know why he's not walking them back? Because walking is for Losers. Winners glide, usually down escalators, into malls.
— Do you regret that you didn't have a script? Do you want to apologize for anything?
— Would you take any of that back?
— Do you regret saying that specifically about rapists, or do you stand by it?
Trump: — Of course they're criminals in many cases. Why would I change that statement?Stewart: It's an interesting glimpse into the policies of a possible Trump Presidency. [mocking Trump] You know, I would definitely and lawlessly put all my country's criminals on a bus, and send them to the next closest country to the north. I guess what I'm saying is: Suck on that, Canada. [normal voice] Now, I know it's a fools errand to try and disprove the ravings of a madman, but according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Criminology, there actually is NO correlation between increased immigration of ANY kind and increased rapes or violent crime. Apparently killing and hurting each other is one of those jobs Americans are still very willing to do themselves. Donald, can you point to ANYTHING that backs up your statement?
— Some are good and some are rapists, and some are killers.
— I don't think it's a small percentage [of Mexicans who are good people]. It's a lot.
— And I'm not just talking Mexico, I'm talking about all over the world they're coming through the southern border.
— I'm not knocking anybody.
— If I were doing Mexico, I'd be sending the killers, the drug dealers, the rapists —
Trump: This was an article by Fusion. Somebody said Fusion is owned by Univision. This one says, "80% of Central American women and girls are raped [emphasis by Trump] crossing into the United States."
Don Lemon, CNN: That's about women being raped, it's not about criminals coming across the border or entering the country.
Trump: Somebody's doing the raping, Don — I mean, you know —[Daily Show audience laughs]
Stewart: Touché. I believe we have our campaign slogan:
Steve Ducey, Fox & Friends: you know, a lot of politicians would've apologized by now, and said, "Well, this is what I really meant..." That's really what he meant, largely. You know, there is a problem when the southern border is not secure.Stewart: Nobody would be canceling their business with Donald Trump if he had said, in his speech,"You know, there's a problem when our southern borders are not secure," but That. Is Not. What he said.
Trump: When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.Stewart: He's still not even sure! [laughter] if some are good people!
Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa): Well, I think what happens is that it gets distorted, perhaps a little bit ... He didn't say most Mexicans were rapists. Umm, he said "They are" — he's speaking generally, speaking of the criminals that are doing this.Stewart: I don't even know what that means. But I know that that's not what he said! Let me play this again at a speed even Steve King can understand:
Trump [slow playback]: They're rapists, and some, I assume are good people.Stewart: [slowly] Get it, Steve? [normal voice] Do you understand?? That is what people are upset about. So, are we settled?
Fox & Friends: Should he apologize for what he said?Stewart: That is such buzzword nothing bullshit! Who doesn't want to admit what?? One last time, let's get straight what Donald Trump said. All together now, follow the classy ball.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas): I don't think you should apologize for speaking out against the problem that is illegal immigration. I recognize that the P.C. world, the mainstream media, they don't want to admit it....
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Trump [with text on screen, karaoke style]: They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.Stewart: Stop pretending!! he didn't say and is sticking to what he said, which is, Mexico is purposefully sending us drugs, killers, and rapists, and within that group, there may be — he's not sure! — some people who are good. That's the part he's not sure about. He's sure about the overwhelming number of killers and rapists and drug addicts Mexico has sent us. That is what he fuckin' said! But, the one good thing to come out of this, is that the farce of his candidacy is finally exposed, his unseriousness, on display for all people and voters to see, and the Results. Will. Be. Obvious.
news report: The billionaire has jumped to second place among Republicans in a recent national poll, also placing second in the first two critical battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire.Stewart: Fuck me. We'll be right back.
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