Jon Stewart calls out Nancy Pelosi, Hunter Biden and Bob Menendez in segment on political corruption

Comedian Jon Stewart called out former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Hunter Biden throughout a section on Monday targeted on corruption titled, “How Dumb Is You?”

Stewart first took intention at Menendez, and mentioned his alleged crimes had been “f—— terrible,” including, “You, sir, are an elected official in America’s most revered legislative physique. It’s like a license to print cash. You don’t want to interrupt the legislation so cartoonishly when the authorized corruption within the Senate is so f—— profitable.”

Menendez is accused of accepting bribes from three rich businessmen in New Jersey and performing a wide range of favors in return, together with meddling in legal investigations and taking actions benefiting the governments of Egypt and Qatar. Stewart additionally took intention at insider buying and selling in Congress, which the legislative physique has but to vote on. 

The comic described Pelosi as one of many “greatest beneficiaries” of their potential to commerce shares earlier than displaying video of the previous speaker of the Home saying members of Congress shouldn’t be banned from buying and selling shares and ought to be allowed to take part within the “free market.”

“Right here’s the factor. In a free market, everybody has entry to the identical info,” Stewart mentioned. “So until you’re gonna put all of us on the committees, I don’t get it.”

Comic Jon Stewart takes intention at Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bob Menendez and Hunter Biden throughout a “Day by day Present” section on corruption. The Day by day Present
Comic Jon Stewart takes intention at Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bob Menendez and Hunter Biden throughout a “Day by day Present” section on corruption. Getty Pictures

He then pointed to a $2 billion funding Jared Kushner’s firm acquired from Saudi Arabia, earlier than enjoying a clip of the president’s son being requested if he would have gotten a seat on the Burisma board if his final identify wasn’t “Biden.” Within the video, Biden replied, “Most likely not.” 

“Out of all of the senators and representatives who dodged and prevaricated and wouldn’t reply any f—– questions, you recognize you’re in bother when essentially the most trustworthy and clear individual in a narrative of presidency corruption is the ex-crackhead,” Stewart joked. “Robert Menendez’s gold bars in trade for favorable laws is clearly cartoonishly corrupt. However for anybody on the market who thinks the established order of presidency patronage and affect is of a wholly completely different species than Menendez, how dumb is you?”

Stewart additionally name-dropped Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Al., and former GOP Sen. Richard Burr earlier within the section. Burr was investigated in 2020 for a slew of shares he offered earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the economic system. 

Jury choice for Menendez’ second federal corruption trial in a decade started on Monday. Menendez will stand trial alongside two of the three businessmen he’s alleged to have accepted bribes from, actual property developer Fred Daibes and Wael Hana. 

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., departs the Senate ground within the Capitol, Sept. 28, 2023, in Washington. John Lamparski/Shutterstock

Menendez, Daibes and Hana have all pleaded not responsible. The third businessman, Jose Uribe, has pleaded responsible and agreed to testify in opposition to the others. 

Menendez introduced that he wouldn’t be in search of re-election as a Democrat in November, however didn’t rule out a run as an impartial. 

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