Jon Stewart Says America 'Will Prevail' Despite President Donald Trump's 'Dickensian Level of Villainy'

Jon Stewart Says America 'Will Prevail' Despite President Trump's 'Cruelty and Fear and Divisiveness'
Jon Stewart performs on stage as The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. Stewart blasted President Donald Trump while appearing on "The Late Show" on June 28, 2018. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Jon Stewart crashed The Late Show to address President Donald Trump on Thursday. Stewart lamented on Trump's latest zero-tolerance immigration policy and called the 45th president out for his "Dickensian level of villainy."

Stewart, an avid Trump critic from the start of his presidency, delivered a lengthy and grueling monologue, but his campaign didn't start without a few candid cracks. "Hello, Donald. It's me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter," Stewart said. "I know you're upset about all the criticism you've been taking in the fake news and the fake late-night shows, it's just we're all still having a little trouble adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its 500th year."

Noting the incredible shifts the country has faced since Trump took over the White House in 2016, Stewart accused Trump of attempting to change the nation-wide views of fascist leaders like North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Stewart said Trump now apparently sees as "noble, intelligent role models."

"You're redoing post-war alliances, only this time we're with the Axis powers," Stewart said.

The former Daily Show host went on to harp on Trump's seemingly "hallmark" trait. "No matter what you do, it always comes with an extra layer of gleeful cruelty and dickishness," he said.

"It's not just that you don't want people taking a knee, it's that they're 'sons of b***hes' if they do; It's not just denying women who accuse you of sexual assault, it's saying they were 'too ugly anyway'; You can't just be against the media, they're enemies of the people," he said. "It's not even partisan. If anyone in the Republican Party dare speak against you, they must also be humiliated, even if they have a terminal disease… which brings us to immigration. Boy, you f**ked that up!"

He continued: "Donald, you could have absolutely made a more stringent border policy that would have made your point about enforcement, but I guess it wouldn't have felt right without a Dickensian level of villainy. You casually separated people seeking asylum from their children. From babies."

Despite Trump's "cruelty and fear and divisiveness," Stewart stressed Americans will still triumph over the inconsistencies of current politics. He wrapped up his speech quoting the "great" President Abraham Lincoln. "'This, and this only: Cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right.' It was on this point that Lincoln said the union could not bend, and what Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty and fear and divisiveness wrong, but to join him in calling it right," Stewart said.

"And this we cannot do. And I say, by not yielding, we will prevail."