Jon Stewart Dismantles Fox’s Andrew Napolitano With Civil War Game Show

This needs some set-up: In February, Fox’s Andrew Napolitano claimed the Civil War was unnecessary since slavery was “dying a natural death” and Lincoln could have just bought the slaves and freed them for far less than the cost of the war. Tuesday’s Daily Show debunks these claims through a game show: “The Weakest Lincoln.” After all, what’s more persuasive for Americans than a game show? Up against Napolitano for the quiz: Abraham Lincoln, played by Jessica Williams wearing the least convincing fake beard on a woman since Monty Python’s Life of Brian. And to make sure the truth-down of Napolitano stuck, a panel of judges made up of genuine history professors: CUNY’s Jim Oakes, U Mass Amherst’s Manisha Sinha, and Columbia’s Eric Foner.


This is just ridiculously good. Time and again, Napolitano’s Libertarian claims get trashed, firmly and authoritatively. Mr. Napolitano, please see the professor after class.

Remember kids: They shot first, and you don’t mess with Lincoln.

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