Though he’s spent almost five years off the air in retirement, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart showcased his infamous quick wit once again during a surprise appearance on the Late Show Wednesday night, where he promoted his upcoming political satire film Irresistible (2020).
After discussing U.S. President Donald Trump‘s “utter incompetence” and overall handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with host Stephen Colbert, Stewart, 57, pitched his latest nickname for the Republican Leader with the hopes of making it a trend.
So what was the name, some might ask? “Swampy Don,” or “Ol’ Swampy Don.”
After acknowledging the fact that Trump often calls Joe Biden — his Democratic opponent in the upcoming 2020 presidential candidate — “Sleepy Joe,” Stewart suggested that the 73-year-old was due for a nickname too.
“(Trump) talks so much about corruption, but this may be the most corrupted administration in history, he said, explaining the moniker.
“He’s not draining the swamp. He is the swamp,” added the comedian. “He’s Donald Swamp. Ol’ Swampy Don.”
Stewart also referred back to his “old nickname” for Trump, “F—kface von Clownstick.”
“Almost none of that will make it to air you realize,” joked Colbert, 56, of the expletive.
“Understood. By the way … that phrase is in the movie,” Stewart replied, with a chuckle.
Colbert, however, admitted he liked the name “Swampy Don.”
“Let’s trend it,” said Stewart.
Shortly after the broadcast of the in-depth, 24-minute spanning interview, #SwampyDon — as originally penned by Stewart — actually began trending on Twitter.
Hundreds of users rushed to the social media platform sharing memories of Stewart and comical images of the President.
Of Trump’s leadership, Stewart told Colbert, “The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the country.”
When asked about his thoughts on the candidates for the upcoming election, Stewart joked that it was “a toss-up” and that he was “going back and forth.”
Though he made it clear that he doesn’t endorse either Trump or Biden, 77, Stewart expressed the belief that the former Vice President had a sense of “humility.”
“Biden was not my guy — wasn’t even in the top four,” he said. “(But) when I see Biden past the shtick, I see a guy who knows what loss is, who knows grief. And I think that kind of grief humbles you.”
Stewart continued: “There’s a humility to the randomness of tragedy that brings about a caring that can’t be faked, can’t be contrived. And I think, in this moment, what this country needs is a leader of humility.”
“Trump doesn’t have that gear. He’s still in the mindset that COVID-19 was created to stop him from a second term,” he added.
The Irresistible director went on to admit that despite his opinion on Biden, he “actually believes something in his life experience can benefit” the U.S.
“I’m not just making the negative case for Biden anymore,” Stewart said. “It’s not just, ‘Well, we gotta get rid of that f—king guy (Trump).'”
After reflecting on Trump’s troublesome handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and comparing it to the 1918 pandemic, Stewart also spoke about the history of inequality and the ongoing anti-racism protests triggered by the death of George Floyd.