Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart isn’t planning to jump into politics, despite a viral op-ed’s claim that he is the Democratic Party’s best shot at retaining control of the nation’s highest office.
In a Politico piece titled “If Tucker Runs in 2024, Here’s Who the Democrats Need,” writer, Juleanna Glover, asserted that Stewart already wrestles with the “serious topics that actual politicians specialize in avoiding” on his AppleTV show and podcast.
She branded him as “one of the effective communicators in public life,” and “a better fit than most politicians for what modern politics has become.”
If Biden doesn’t run for reelection, Glover believes that Stewart could start off a campaign with “a massive name ID advantage,” in a presidential race that is “guaranteed to be a carnival” anyway.
Glover also noted that if Trump ran again, Stewart would never let him get away with “vague policy-thin repetitious platitudes and harangues,” and would “wood-chip right through,” potential candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.
She claimed the real political threat was Fox New host Tucker Carlson, who would be a “formidable challenge for any Democratic opponent,” based on his “broad name recognition, demagogic gifts and deep support among Fox viewers.”
Carlson recently denied a potential political run in an interview with Semafor’s Ben Smith. “I have zero ambition, not just politically, but in life,” he remarked.
Glover wrote that if Carlson, who Stewart memorably faced off with on CNN’s “Crossfire” in 2004, were to run, it “would be like a red cape waved in front of Stewart,” and the former “Daily Show” host “may feel like he has no choice.”
Stewart was quick to shoot down the writer’s speculation on Saturday. “Ummm…No thank you,” he tweeted, then followed up with a post that turned the focus on an actual political issue.
Ummm…No thank you
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) July 9, 2022
“But while I have your attention, could all of you (including news orgs) please ask Pat Toomey why he is single-handedly stalling a veterans health care bill that passed (with) huge bipartisan support over a technicality? Asking for 3.5 million friends,” Stewart wrote.