Jon Stewart Challenges Mitch McConnell To Prove He’s Not A Turtle (VIDEO)

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Jon Stewart took one of his favorite jokes to the next level on Wednesday, publicly challenging Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to prove he is not a turtle.

The host of “The Daily Show” interrupted his own segment on Congress to speak directly to McConnell, into a seperate camera.

“I believe, and I am being completely serious right now,” Stewart said slowly, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is a turtle.”

Since McConnell’s native habitat is Kentucky, Stewart speculated he was either an eastern box turtle or a river cooter.

Stewart then challenged the six-term senator from Kentucky to refute the charge. “It’s your move,” he said. “Your slow, deliberate move.”

Stewart then offered to “sweeten the deal,” producing a leaf from his jacket to entice the allegedly reptilian McConnell.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:

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  1. Congressman Hastings: Something to like about Florida besides the beaches.

  2. Avatar for BrianW BrianW says:

    I’m no McConnell fan, but I think Stewart has wrung every possible bit of humor out of this bit. It simply fails to rise to the level of most other worthwhile DS efforts.

  3. Well the Republicans have been proving Jon Stewart wrong by all the legislation that’s come out of Congress, right? They told us they had a big agenda and it was going to happen right away. A month has gone by. They must have done a bunch of stuff.

  4. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    Should have used a Saudi leaf…

  5. Haha…he also had some great lines making fun of Tillis and his ridiculous hand-washing free-marketism.

    Also, I have to say I’m really liking Wilmore’s show so far. Last night’s was great.

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