Jon Stewart: ‘This We Cannot Do’

I was trying to figure out how to close out a week in which the topics of conversation here at Political Animal were things like:

  • a government that can’t figure out how to reunite the migrant families they ripped apart,
  • a Supreme Court that validated the president’s right to lie,
  • a future Supreme Court where the rights we’ve cherished for decades could be nullified, and
  • a president who seems hell-bent on undoing the world order that has prevented another world war.

To be honest, when I ran across this video from The Late Show, I realized that I felt exactly like Stephen Colbert. There are times when the weight of it all inevitably leads to a loss of words. So I’m going to join Stephen in turning things over to our friend Jon Stewart.

Just in case you can’t watch, he’s funny and then ends with this statement directed at Donald Trump:

Clearly, we’re not going to be able to negotiate or shame you into decency, but there is one place where I draw the line — I won’t allow you and your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue. And what Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty and fear and divisiveness wrong but to join him in calling it right. And this we cannot do.

I might not have a lot to say on this summer Friday afternoon. But there’s one thing I know for sure. I know cruelty, fear and divisiveness when I see them and will never give that kind of thing a pass, because that’s something we cannot do.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.