By Robert McCoppin
8:51 AM CDT, June 18, 2014
The material was too good to pass up.
Comedian Jon Stewart weighed in on the Donald Trump sign debate last night. Trump has been publicly feuding with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over a new sign with his name on the side of the 96-story building he erected downtown.
The mayor has called the sign "tasteless," while the Donald has defended it as being "in the highest level of taste."
"As Americans, it's our duty to take sides on everything," said Stewart, who has his own running feud with Trump. Yet he said he was having trouble picking sides.
"It's a badger fighting a mongoose, I just don't know who to cheer for," he said.
The segment also featured Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, who called the sign a "wart" on the skyline and defended himself from Trump's insults. Trump has said, among other things, that he thought Kamin had been fired since he was absent from the Tribune for several months. The Pulitzer Prize-winner Kamin spent the 2012-2013 academic year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
"You don't get it, do you?" Stewart riffed. "Donald Trump isn't impressed by Harvard or the Pulitzer. The only name that impresses Donald Trump is his own name."
Stewart marveled at Trump's obsession with the topic.
"Is there no slight small enough for you to just (expletive) let it go?" he asked.
After showing numerous other Trump buildings emblazoned with his name, Stewart concluded the city should not have been surprised.
"Chicago, I have to say, this is on you," Stewart said. "Did you not think Donald Trump was gonna put his name on the building you let him build?" It's what he does! Have you been to New York?"
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