Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart calls Vladimir Putin "a semi-delusional autocrat"

Jon Stewart is tired of the Russian leader's "bullsh*t"

Prachi Gupta
March 7, 2014 7:19PM (UTC)

Russian president and "strong man" Vladimir Putin continues to deny that Russian troops have invaded Ukraine's Crimean peninsula -- a fact that endlessly amuses "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. In a recent conference, Putin told reporters that the troops are "local self-defense units," and suggested that the soldiers bought Russian uniforms at stores.

Stewart, using his finely honed bullshit detector/human brain, said, "Right, but I'm not sure you can go to the store and buy 10,000 of them. Or have that store throw in some Russian tanks ... or are those just part of Crimea's new CitiTanks program?"


In the following segment, Stewart delivered a scathing and pithy assessment of the leader: "Much of the world sees Putin now for what he is," he began, "a semi-delusional autocrat who views the dissolution of the Soviet Union as one of the greatest tragedies of the late 20th century, and has confused his own geopolitical propaganda for reality. I mean, who would be fooled by this guy's bullshit?"

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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