Yahoo News Reports:
Jon Stewart continued his sharp criticism of Southerners defending the Confederate flag as a historical symbol of their heritage.
“That’s the whole point,” an exasperated Stewart said on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday. “They fought for the South — against the United States — because of slavery. That’s the heritage you’re defending. It would be like saying you support flying the Nazi flag because you’re proud of their robust anti-smoking agenda, but that wasn’t really their thing.”
Stewart suggested that Southern states replace the Confederate flag with one that “represents the aspects of their heritage that we can all celebrate.” His nomination: a flag with the image of a pig on fire, commemorating the “creation of barbecue.”
“That’s probably how barbecue was invented,” he said. “Ingenious Southerners saw a pig on fire and thought, ‘I can work with this.’”
Stewart also mocked Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who said he was surprised to learn that some of his stores carried merchandise bearing the Confederate flag symbol.
“I mean, look, I knew we sold cheap guns, really cheap,” Stewart said, “to anybody. … [But] I didn’t know you could get them with the stars-and-bars holster. That sends a very dangerous message.”
While the “Daily Show” host seemed pleasantly surprised about the swift response by those supporting efforts to remove Confederate imagery, Stewart joked that he’s not in favor of removing the symbol from the Mississippi state flag.
“Without that battle flag, you’re just sideways France,” he said.
Earlier this week, Stewart said taking down the flag “is the absolute least that can be done,” especially in Charleston, S.C., the site of last week’s church shooting massacre.
“You can’t spit your ‘tobacky’ in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery because, in the context of Charleston’s extensive Confederate-porn industry, the flag is just the money shot,” he said. “That town is like Confederate Epcot.”
A day after the massacre, an emotional Stewart railed about how the United States deals with gun violence.
“What blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us, and us killing ourselves,” he said. “If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism, it would fit into our ‘We invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe. We got to do whatever we can. We’ll torture people. We gotta do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.’
“Nine people shot in a church,” Stewart continued. “What about that? ‘Hey, what are you gonna do? Crazy is as crazy is, right?’ That’s the part that I cannot, for the life of me, wrap my head around.”