On the second day of his scathing coverage of a grand jury's decision not to indict the cop who choked Eric Garner to death, Jon Stewart remained mostly serious, but some of the things people are saying about the case were too dumb and wrong not to mock. And by "people," I mean Rand Paul.
"What the fuck are you talking about?" Stewart asked, in response to Paul's bizarre, Butterfly-Effect-style assertion that Garner was killed because of New York City's cigarette tax: high taxes created a market for untaxed cigarettes, which led to Garner selling loosies on the street, which led to his death by choking, or something.
"The cigarette tax is truly the least salient aspect of this case. It's like saying, 'You know the problem with the Hindenberg? Government parking regulations,'" Stewart said.
His monologue from last night also addressed the indictment of the shooter in the Garner case—the shooter of the video, that is—and bullshit conservative arguments that the system actually worked in this case.