"That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard."
That's Jon Stewart on Fox News' disturbing reaction on the CIA's torture practices. Following Tuesday's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's brutal torture tactics, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros had an on-air meltdown, declaring that America is "awesome."
"We've closed the book on it, and we've stopped doing it," she crowed to her Outnumbered co-hosts. "And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we're not awesome."
On Wednesday's Daily Show, Stewart tore into Tantaros' argument about America's awesomeness: "First of all, this administration doesn't want us to have this discussion. And also, that's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard."
Daily Show senior Senate Intelligence Report correspondent (obviously) Hasan Minhaj agreed with Tantaros that America is awesome. "I thought it was awesome," he snarled. "Yeah, because America is awesome."
He then played a clip of "our national anthem," the Lego Movie's "Everything Is Awesome." "I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be ironic," Stewart snapped back.
"Jon, it is not fair to hold us to an impossible standard like 'never torture,'" Minhaj said, using air quotes around "torture." "Sometimes you just gotta torture!"
Stewart pointed to United Nation conventions barring torture under any circumstances as a violation of human dignity and decency.
"We sign tons of shit," Minhaj said and pointed toward the Declaration of Independence quote of "all men are created equal" while the U.S. had slaves. "That was pretty awesome."
"This is why we have to talk about these issues even if they make us uncomfortable," replied Stewart.