"Are you f**king kidding me?!": Jon Stewart mocks the GOP's apocalyptic Hillary freakout

The GOP may have been anticipating Clinton's bid "since, like, 1978" but their shoddy take-downs tell otherwise

Published April 14, 2015 1:15PM (EDT)

    (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart was perplexed by the virality of Hillary Clinton's "boring" first campaign video, "Getting Started," which he described as a "State Farm commercial gone viral." But on Monday's "Daily Show," Stewart conceded that it certainly didn't warrant witheringly scornful, and occasionally "dystopian," take-downs from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) -- as well as National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre.

Stewart estimated that the GOP has probably been anticipating this announcement "since, like, 1978" which is why Ted Cruz's shoddy take-down ad "We're Ready For Hillary" seemed surprising even for Ted Cruz.

“Are you f*cking kidding me?” Stewart asked. “Rand Paul’s got Saatchi and Saatchi on the case. Priebus is manufacturing premiums, and you’re banging out a quick Vine on what looks like the set of a 1970s porno shoot?”

Confirming suspicion that Cruz "chops up pandas," Stewart had the production crew zoom out on Cruz's close-crop to reveal that he was, in fact, filming his ad from a "panda-chopping dungeon." Investigative journalism at its finest.

Watch the clip below:

By Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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