“The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird!”
Stephen Colbert’s show went back to a live studio audience this week and one of his first guests was his mentor Jon Stewart, who immediately expressed his belief that COVID-19 leaked from the lab in Wuhan, China.
Colbert’s legions of liberal fans proceeded to freak out on Twitter.
The amazing thing about Stewart’s case is that if you said something like this a month ago, you would be accused of spreading conspiracy theories and risk banishment from social media.
Tim Hains of Real Clear Politics has details:
Jon Stewart Argues For Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: “The Disease Is The Same Name As The Lab!”
Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart appeared to go all-in on the Wuhan coronavirus lab leak theory on Monday’s “The Late Show.” Stewart was Stephen Colbert’s first guest with a full studio audience since the start of the pandemic.
“This is not a conspiracy,” Stewart said about the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. “Oh my god, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird!”
“I will say this — and I honestly mean this — I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science. Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science,” he said.
Here’s a quick clip:
This is hysterical from Jon Stewart. But until a month ago Facebook would have blocked this from being distributed: pic.twitter.com/DnVcwMbytt
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 15, 2021
If you watch the full segment below, you can hear Colbert respond by asking when Stewart went to work for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). Colbert’s feeble, partisan mind couldn’t respond in any other way:
Now that Jon Stewart has said this, we all have permission:
US Intelligence. The Secretary of State. Officials at NIH. Us Senators. A president – All crazy conspiracy theorists
Jon Stewart – Shit now we have to believe the lab leak.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 15, 2021
People on the left did not respond well to this.
On the first Late Show back with a full audience, Jon Stewart dives intensely down the COVID lab-leak rabbit hole, rebuffing Colbert’s repeated efforts to save him from himself.
— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) June 15, 2021
@jonstewart i have watched you for years. Never been disappointed until tonight. Spewing an unproven, outside theory, is extremely irresponsible. The nuts on the right do NOT need more crazy juice. Please stop.
— DTech (@dobbstech) June 15, 2021
Oh my god Jon Stewart is a lab leak believer? Oof.
— Letti Lopez (@lettilopez) June 15, 2021
Jon Stewart is flying real close to Qanon territory on Colbert. Expecting him to go anti-vax any moment now.
— JS Dust (@Justsomedust) June 15, 2021
I love Stephen Colbert, but why did he think Jon Stewart's hateful anti Chinese comments tonight were OK? Chinese American have been murdered because of this COVID 19 pandemic. Stewart's comments were straight up Trump style hate speech.
This isn't comedy.
— John Brandkamp (@johnbrandkamp) June 15, 2021
Jon Stewart is now firmly anti-science. Americans believe in science. That is why we wear masks and lockdown to save lives
— Biden/Harris🏳️🌈🇯🇴 (@Jenn__Logan) June 15, 2021
Remember when Jon Stewart used to make fun of Glenn Beck instead of acting like Glenn Beck #LSSC
— Zoe 💖💜💙✡️ black lives matter (@zmcadler) June 15, 2021
@StephenAtHome please stop jon Stewart. Not funny. Dangerous.
— Brian 🏳️🌈🧸🌊NO DM's! (@bearNSTL) June 15, 2021
— Gym Jordan is a terrible human being (@duclosmd) June 15, 2021
My two cents:
Looking forward to Jon Stewart weighing in on the 2020 election.
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) June 15, 2021
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