Comedian Jon Stewart hit back when Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked his height and called him “demented.”
Mr. Carlson targeted the former Daily show host on his show Thursday night, saying he looks like a “mental patient.”
“He’s screechy and scruffy and very short. Really short, very short to date. Was he always this short? What happened? Where have they been for the last seven years? If you know, please let us know. We want answers,” he added sarcastically.
“Friends. Tonite I’m sad. @TuckerCarlson thinks I’m too short to date… and yet somehow, miraculously, I stay tall enough to not know what [Hungarian Prime Minister] Victor Orban’s a** has taste!”. Mr Stewart tweeted later on Thursday. “Is it goulash Tucky? It looks like it would be goulash.”
Mr Carlson praised Mr Orban last year, saying he is the only “elected leader who publicly identifies as a Western-style conservative”.
Mr Orban spoke at CPAC in Texas on Thursday, saying “we have seen what kind of future the globalized, ruling class has to offer. But we have a different future in mind.”
“Globalists can all go to hell, I came to Texas,” he added.
The speech came amid controversy over the Hungarian far-right leader following a speech he gave in Romania last month in which he said “these countries are no longer nations – they are nothing more than a collection of peoples”.
“We are willing to mix with each other, but we don’t want to become a people of mixed race,” he added, as translated by the Associated Press. “Immigration has split Europe in two — or I should say it has split the West in two.”
Zsuzsa Hegedus, a longtime aide, resigned shortly after, writing in her resignation letter that not even a “bloodthirsty racist” could accept such comments. He added that the speech was “a pure Nazi text worthy [Propaganda Minister Joseph] Goebbels”. Later it appeared to regression in her comments.
Mr. Stewart spent several days in Washington last week pressing lawmakers to pass the PACT Act, a healthcare bill for veterans exposed to toxic burns.
On Monday, he was filmed shouting at far-right conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, who Mr Stewart said was an “evil troll” and was not acting in “good faith”.
Mr Carlson shared the video on his show, saying Mr Stewart looked “like a guy who lives in the men’s room at your public library, eating imaginary insects out of thin air”.
“Which is really the most interesting part [the video] it’s not the discussion about politics, it’s Jon Stewart himself. He is completely unrecognizable. It looks demented,” the Fox News host added.