- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2016

Comedian Jon Stewart questioned Hillary Clinton’s authenticity, saying the Democratic presidential front-runner “will be in big trouble” this election if she can’t find a way to be less robotic.

“What I think about Hillary Clinton is, you know, I imagine to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions, because I’m not even sure what they are,” the former “Daily Show” host told David Axelrod, in an interview Monday at the University of Chicago.

“She reminds me of Magic Johnson’s talk show,” Mr. Stewart continued. “Magic Johnson was a charming individual, but he wasn’t a talk show host, and when you watched his show you could almost see Arsenio’s advice to him, in real time rendering, so he would sit and he would go, ‘Uh, my first guest tonight — Oh, Arsenio said, enthusiasm is something that’s sell is — my first guess tonight is Cher, everybody!’ But he never seemed authentic and real to his personality. It seemed like he was wearing an outfit designed by someone else for someone else to be someone else.”

Mr. Stewart made it clear that he doesn’t think presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a better choice than Mrs. Clinton.

“I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump,” he asserted. “But, I think she will be in big trouble if she can’t find a way, and maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a real person doesn’t exist underneath there. I don’t know.

“There are politicians who are either rendering their inauthenticity in real enough time to appear authentic, and then there are politicians who render their inauthenticity through — it’s like when your computer — you want to play — if you have a Mac and you want to play a Microsoft game on it … and there’s that weird lag. That’s Hillary Clinton,” he said.

“Now, what gives me hope in that is that there’s a delay, which means she’s somehow fighting something,” Mr. Stewart said. “I’ve seen politicians who don’t have that delay and render their inauthenticity in real-time and that’s when you go, ‘That’s a sociopath.’”

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