Jon Stewart returned to late-night on Thursday and delivered an impassioned message to Donald Trump.
The former “Daily Show” host literally popped up from under the table on Thursday night’s edition of “The Late Show” to momentarily take over proceedings from Stephen Colbert.
Looking directly into the camera, Stewart directed his fiery monologue at the U.S. president, who recently attacked late-night hosts Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel, during a speech in South Carolina.
Stewart returned fire, beginning his address by saying, “Hello, Donald. It’s me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter,” referring to a Twitter exchange he had with Trump a number of years ago.
“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 that we’re all still having a little trouble adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its 500th year.”
“Everything’s off its axis, it’s a little unusual. Apparently, now Putin and Kim Jong-un are noble, intelligent role models, and Canada’s a bunch of giant a**holes,” he said. “Like, that’s hard to get used to, you’re re-doing the post-war alliances only this time we’re with the axis powers.”
Stewart became particularly incensed when he talked about Trump’s “cruelty” and “d**kishness,” making reference to the NFL national anthem protests and the accusations of sexual assault against the president.
“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,” he explained. “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 then moved onto the recent controversy regarding immigration and the Trump administration’s child separation policy.
“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.”
Stewart ended his address by urging people to come together and not yield to Trump’s cruelty.
“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. And this we cannot do. And I say, by not yielding, we will prevail!”
Watch the full monologue in the video above.