“If $3.7 million can buy political influence to take lives, if we raise $4 million, would you guys take that to save lives?”
The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, gave a hilarious and powerful speech as the headliner of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington on Thursday.
Minhaj was the guest entertainer at the award's dinner attended by the media and members of Congress. Gov John Kasich, former candidate for the Republican presidential nominee, gave the keynote speech at the dinner.
Minhaj wasted no time roasting Kasich, saying, “John, we have so much in common. We’re both from small towns, people can’t pronounce our names, and neither of us will ever become president.”
He then took on the GOP, saying, “John, you are a rational, sane, even-keeled, well-thought out, seasoned politician and you thought you could be the GOP nominee. You crazy John, you crazy man.”
Minhaj grilled the Republican Party about ending up with Donald Trump as their presidential nominee: “Howww? How is 86% of the GOP like, ‘Yesss! RACIST CHEETO! Finally!?”
He didn't spare Hillary Clinton either, calling her the “Toyota Camry of presidential options.”
“Like you're at the Price is Right, and they presented you with Hillary, you'd get the same response as a Camry. Awww nooo, I already had one in the 90s.”
He also joked about Clinton's relationship with Wall Street.
“The reality of the situation is Hillary is the dude in the relationship and we don't know how to feel about it. We're all in bed with Hillary late at night and we're looking at her cell phone and we're like 'Hey, who's Wall Street?' And she's like 'Don't worry about it babe, it's just a friend from work.'”
He then took on the media: “CNN is cool, but what exactly do you guys do? Every time I turn on CNN, Wolf Blitzer is talking to a hologram, Don Lemon is hosting a panel on whether or not we should use the n-word, and Anthony Bourdain is eating couscous. You guys are basically Bravo with plane crashes.”
Minhaj also picked on Vice, saying, “Vice News is cool because they'll just send your local barista to go talk to the head of ISIS. Like why is Chad sitting down with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?”
He compared MSNBC to “everybody's annoying vegan friend.”
“It's like, 'we get it, you're right. I just don't want to hear it right now.'”