Both ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ are going to be off next week, so they both wanted to make sure they got some shots in on Glenn Beck’s peculiar and vague August 28 “Restoring Honor” march at the Lincoln Memorial, which happens to be taking place exactly when and where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech.
“Wow, so Glenn Beck didn’t realize that was an important day in African-American history? I find that… totally plausible,” Jon Stewart riffed. “But where some people see insensitivity, Glenn Beck sees… an ‘insensitunity,” he added, about Beck insisting his followers were going to “reclaim the civil rights movement.”
Stewart then played a montage of Beck angrily decrying the government telling people what to do, contrasting it with another montage of Beck telling people what to do.
“So you’re mad at the government for telling us what to do because that’s your job?” he asked, and then moved towards a side-by-side comparison of Beck’s ‘Beck University’ segments and VH-1′s ‘Tool Academy.’
Stephen Colbert, on the other hand, opened his show by saying “Tonight! Glenn Beck re-founds America. I assume our new constitution will be written in chalk!”
After playing clips of Beck implying that he might get assassinated for trying to put on this march, as well as comparing himself to King, Gandhi, Howard Beale and even Jesus, Colbert shared an incredulous realization: “Glenn’s not just a talk show host. He’s the Mighty Morphin Power Martyr! He’s the savior! The one foretold! Soon, Glenn will be appearing in America’s grilled cheese sandwiches, instead of the current arrangement where grilled cheese sandwiches appear inside Glenn!”