Jon Stewart waffled between bafflement and ridicule on Wednesday as he processed the news that Hillary Clinton may have violated federal regulations by using a personal email account while serving as secretary of state.
It took Stewart a while to understand why it was such a big deal, given that it wouldn’t stop Clinton from steamrolling any other Democratic candidate in 2016. But he started to see the humor in the situation as State Department officials scrambled to contain the damage.
Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on Wednesday that Hillary performed due diligence by “providing the State Department with 55,000 pages” of emails.
“I think 55,000 is a pretty big number,” Harf added.
“It is a big number,” Stewart said, suppressing laughter. “There are bigger!”
“That’s the crazy thing about numbers,” he added. “You can always top ’em. Someone could be like, ‘You have a hundred dalmatians? That’s a fuckload of dalmatians! I can’t imagine anyone having more than a hundred dalmatians!'”
Stewart went silent as images from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” appeared on screen.
At one point Harf told a reporter she had no idea if the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over was “everything” because she’s not “in her email.”
“If you were in her email you’d be starring in the most boring Tron sequel of all time,” Stewart said.
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