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Jon Stewart Blasts Tucker Carlson’s Russia Trip: “Liberty Is Nice, But Have You Seen Russia’s Shopping Carts?”

Jon Stewart, the renowned comedian and former host of The Daily Show, didn’t hold back in his criticism of Tucker Carlson’s recent trip to Russia.

In a fiery 10-minute monologue, Stewart tore apart Carlson’s actions, labeling him a “d***” for his portrayal of the country and its leadership.

Stewart’s Response to Backlash

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Returning to The Daily Show on February 12, Jon Stewart addressed criticism of his recent episodes, where he targeted both Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Amid accusations of being “bothsidest,” Stewart embraced the opportunity to dissect Tucker Carlson’s controversial visit to Russia.

Dissecting Carlson’s Justifications

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Stewart delved into Carlson’s rationale for interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin, highlighting what he perceived as deceptive justifications.

Carlson had rationalized his visit as, “First, because it’s our job, we’re in journalism, It’s our duty to inform people.”

Stewart’s Takedown

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Jotting down notes on a pad, Stewart muttered: “Step one: Lie about what your job is. Step two: Lie about what your duty is.”

Next, Carlson added: “Americans have a right to know all they can about a way they’re implicated in,” adding that “freedom of speech is our birthright.”

The Mockery Continued

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In response, Stewart said “Kudos, sensei, that was deep,” before writing: “Disguise your deception and capitulation to power as noble and moral and based in freedom.”

Critiquing Carlson’s Tour

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The comedian scrutinized Carlson’s tour of Moscow, particularly his enthusiastic depiction of everyday amenities like grocery stores and shopping carts.

Stewart didn’t hold back in ridiculing Carlson’s admiration for seemingly mundane aspects of Russian life, such as shopping carts and bread.

Carlson also toured the capital city of Moscow, seemingly enamored with the amenities, including a shopping cart, a grocery store, and a subway “that’s nicer than anything in our country.”

Carlson had talked about shopping carts in Moscow that had a coin slot that allows customers to rent the cart, getting their ₽10 if they return it.

Musing over them, he said, “So, it’s free, but there’s an incentive to return it and not just bring it to your homeless encampment.”

Stewart’s Response: The Solution to America’s Homelessness

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“I know I’ve said this before, but you’re such a d***,” Stewart said. “I didn’t realize that America’s homeless problem was caused by easy access to shopping carts.”

Reaction to Carlson’s Bread Enthusiasm

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Stewart also humorously responded to Carlson’s fascination with Russian bread, using the moment to poke fun at the journalist’s portrayal of himself as a champion of free speech.

It Will Radicalize You

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Carlson had said regarding his grocery trip: “Coming to a Russian grocery, the heart of evil, and seeing what things cost and how people live, it will radicalize you.”

To which Stewart replied: “It will radicalize you, unless you understand basic economics.”

Addressing Carlson’s Political Stance

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Stewart criticized Carlson’s apparent support for Russia, attributing it to an ideological battle between “woke” and “unwoke” values.

Carlson had said, “The old civilizational battle was communism vs capitalism, that’s what drove the world since World War II.

Russia was the enemy then, but now they think the battle is woke versus unwoke. In that fight, Putin is an ally to the right.

The Price of Freedom

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Showcasing a news clip about how Russian forces attacked and arrested citizens publicly honoring Navalny, Stewart replied, “The difference between our urinal-caked subways and your candelabra’d beautiful subways is the literal price of freedom.”

Navalny’s Death and Carlson’s Response

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Stewart also highlighted the recent death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Carlson’s commentary on the matter.

He scrutinized Carlson’s defense of Russia in light of Navalny’s death, questioning the journalist’s moral stance.

Echoing Carlson’s Denouncement

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Despite their differences, Stewart acknowledged Carlson’s condemnation of Navalny’s death.

However, he added this jab: “Liberty is nice,” Stewart added. “But have you seen Russia’s shopping carts?”

Parting Shot

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In a final poke at Carlson, Stewart humorously suggested that the journalist’s positive portrayal of Russia might have gone unnoticed  if it “weren’t for those meddling assassins.” who caused Navalny’s death.

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