Before even seeing the epic "Moon plans" portion of last night's CNN debate, Jon Stewart dedicated a segment on his Thursday night show to frontrunner Newt Gingrich's mission to have a permanent base on the moon.
"Did he start with a Death Star and get kind of reigned in?" Stewart wondered about Gingrich's plan, which involves putting a 13,000 person American colony on the moon by the end of his second term. You read that right, second term.
As you can imagine, Stewart found several things wrong with Gingrich's lofty goal. For one, Gingrich called earlier plans from Washington D.C. to build a moon colony -- a much larger one -- "crazy." Secondly, Gingrich recently told press that Ron Paul will never be the nominee because he "avoids reality" and won't be taken seriously.
"And that's why I'm going to make Ron Paul my first ambassador to Moonlandia!" Stewart joked.
But the funniest point of the night came when Stewart started analyzing Gingrich's reasons for wanting a moon base. He says he eventually wants to create new states there, but considering that 13,000 people is less like a state and closer to the size of a condo development, Stewart realized what Gingrich is really trying to be: "Lunar Trump."
"And like Earth Trump, you will not be President," Stewart said.
Watch the full segment above to hear the other reason why Gingrich probably wants a moon colony. Let's just say it has to do with his penchant for throwing out the old and bringing in the new.