'Dead Animal on Head,' Stewart Returns to Rip Trump

'Every instinct ... calls me to abuse of power'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2017 7:25 AM CST

"We have never faced this before: purposeful, vindictive chaos," Jon Stewart said Tuesday, summing up President Trump's first 10 days in office during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Impersonating Trump with a "dead animal on head" and a tie reaching the floor, the former Daily Show host read out Trump's next executive orders. The first: "China shall immediately and without hesitation send us their wall." The second: The official language of the United States is now "bulls--t." The third: "I, Donald J. Trump, am exhausting" because "every instinct and fiber of my pathological self-regard calls me to abuse of power."

The segment had Stewart, Colbert, and the audience in stitches—particularly when the aforementioned dead animal appeared to try to crawl down Stewart's face—but Stewart chose to end it on a serious note, per the New York Daily News. He called on America's "relentless stamina and vigilance and every institutional check and balance this country can muster" to restrain Trump, per Variety, noting, "If we do not allow Donald Trump to exhaust our fight and somehow come out of this presidency calamity-less and constitutionally, partially intact, then I, Donald J. Trump, will have demonstrated the greatness of America, just not the way I thought I was going to." (More Jon Stewart stories.)

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