Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a crazy obsession with the conservative Koch brothers, and at this point, it’s gotten so unhealthy that even comedian Jon Stewart can’t help but mock him.
But what makes things even more interesting is Reid’s hypocrisy.
On Tuesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, Stewart pointed out that the Senate Majority Leader accuses the Kochs of trying to buy the political system with their billions — and get wealthier in the process. But Reid has absolutely no problem with the billions of another conservative, by the name of Sheldon Adelson.
“So, Sheldon Adelson, don’t pick on him,” Reid told Chuck Todd in a clip from MSNBC. “I know Sheldon Adelson. He’s not in this for money. He’s in this because he has certain ideological views.”
Despite appearances, Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones told Stewart that Reid wasn’t being hypocritical. With the help of visual aids, Jones attempted to explain the difference between Koch money and Adelson money. Stewart was having a little trouble grasping the distinction, so the two men finally broke it down like this:
“What is corruption?” Stewart asked.
“Corruption is a billionaire who spends their money on sh** you don’t like,” Jones explained.
“What is free speech?” Stewart asked.
“A billionaire who spends money on sh** you do like,” Jones said.