Comedian Jon Stewart may no longer be offering his biting political commentary from the Comedy Central "Daily Show" anchor's desk, but that doesn't mean he's staying silent about the 2016 presidential election.
Stewart took aim at "thin-skinned" presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump Monday in a podcast interview with David Axelrod, former chief strategist to President Barack Obama, at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
"I’m not a constitutional scholar," he said on "The Axe Files" podcast, "so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby, or a baby-man? He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands."
The comedian also mocked the billionaire businessman's famous slogan, "Make American Great Again."
"When was America great?" he asked. "What is this time that he speaks of? ’81 to ’82? Like what are we talking about? And who took your country away from you?"
But perhaps Stewart's most surprising comments came when he explained why he believes an "asshole" like Trump rose to the top.
"The door is open to an asshole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government, that can be effective for people, can be efficient for people," he told Axelrod. "If you can’t do that, then you’ve lost the right to make that change and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you."
Stewart took aim at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, too, telling listeners she is a "very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are."
"That is not to say that she is not preferable to Donald Trump because, at this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump," he clarified.
Stewart then offered some tough words for the Republican Party. He said the GOP's "sole purpose is to freeze the government and to not fix any of the problems that are associated with it."
And part of the problem this election cycle, according to Stewart, is the media.
He slammed the press for its coverage of the 2016 political cycle, saying 24-hour news networks spend the most time on "the most conflict-oriented, the most extreme" people and topics. Stewart said Trump's campaign strategy is similar to a participant of CBS reality TV show "Survivor."
But he did offer some praise for his comedian counterparts — including John Oliver — for their coverage of Trump, Stewart said, "I am so impressed and amazed at the level of insight and wit that is displayed on television every day."
"There is no dearth," he added.
Watch Stewart's entire conversation with Axelrod:
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