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Video: Jon Stewart calls Charleston shooting 'a terrorist attack'

Jon Stewart at his powerful best on The Daily Show last night
Jon Stewart at his powerful best on The Daily Show last night

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart took on the mass shooting in Charleston in a unique way, by dropping the jokes and calling it a terrorist attack.

Yesterday evening a 21-year-old man named Dylann Roof was arrested on suspicion of being the man behind a mass shooting at a chruch in Charleston, North Carolina that left nine people dead. The motive for the crime appears to be racial.

As always, when The Daily Show went to air, host Jon Stewart didn't shy away from it but he did do one thing he rarely does; he didn't make jokes.

Instead he tackled the subject in a powerful way.

He called the shooting a 'terrorist attack' and criticised the response to it from those in power.

“If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism … we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives, and now fly unmanned death machines over, like, five or six different countries …

“Nine people. Shot in a church. What about that? Eh. What are you gonna do? Crazy is as crazy is, right?”

He also went on to criticise those who chose to label it as anything other than a racially motivated attack.

“I heard someone on the news say, a tragedy has visited this church. This wasn’t a tornado. This was racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater … This one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.

“And we’re going to keep pretending: I don’t get it, what happened, there’s one guy lost his mind. We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognise it, and I cannot believe how hard people are working to discount it.”