Jon Stewart took to “The Daily Show” on Thursday night without jokes as he vented anger and frustration at the latest mass shooting in the United States and the tenuous state of race in the country.
Stewart, who is winding down his tenure on the show, used the platform to rail against the continuing domestic terrorism that he said we are so ready to look past while fighting in other countries to protect our citizens’ safety.
“I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness,” Stewart told a silent audience.
“By acknowledging it,” he said, “by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit. Yeah, that’s us. That’s the part that blows my mind.”
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Stewart also talked about the “terrorist attack” on the AME church in Charleston, S.C., and the continued issue of race in the U.S.
“The confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named after confederate generals and the white guy is the one who feels threatened?” he asked in exasperation. He then launched into an extended interview with Malala Yousafzai, the teen girl who won a Nobel Peace Prize after being targeted for assassination by the Taliban.