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Jon Stewart Slams Bloomberg's Soda Ban

"Mr. Mayor, this plan makes your asinine look big."

By Daniel Arkin
|  Friday, Jun 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:14 AM EDT
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Jon Stewart Slams Bloomberg's Soda Ban

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Jon Stewart had some harsh words for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday's episode of "The Daily Show."

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On the heels of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement that he is seeking a citywide ban on all sugary drinks larger than sixteen ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, food carts, and ballpark concession stands, Jon Stewart spent the first third of Thursday's edition of "The Daily Show" excoriating the proposed law—and Mayor Bloomberg himself.

"Wow. Wow. Wow, Mayor Bloomberg. Wow. I love this idea you have of banning soda. It combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect," Stewart said, laying the irony on thick.

"What are you doing!?"

For Stewart, Bloomberg's proposed soda ban put him in a particularly tough position: being forced to concede a point to a political adversary who blasted Bloomberg's idea on Fox News.

"I agree with Tucker Carlson," Stewart said, holding back mock-tears.

Still, Stewart reserved his harshest jabs for Bloomberg.

"Mr. Mayor," Stewart joked, "this plan makes your asinine look big."

The late-night host capped off the hilarious segment with a brilliant (albeit gross) review of completely "legal" food available for purchase in New York City.

Check out the full clip below via Comedy Central:

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