The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart will hold a rally on the National Mall next month designed to “restore sanity” as his Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert holds an opposing march to “Keep Fear Alive.”
The satirist made the announcement on his show Thursday, hot on the heels of the Aug. 28 “Restoring Honor Rally” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That controversial gathering was hosted by FOX News personality Glenn Beck and attended by thousands of his supporters.
Stewart and Colbert will join together for their own opposing events.
“It is happening! A real gathering!” Stewart said announcing the event. “We will gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC, a Million Moderate March, where we take to the streets to send a message to our leaders, and our national media, that says, ‘We are here! We’re only here though until 6, because we have a sitter.’”
Pre-printed signs will be available for attendees to hold up, featuring slogans like: “I disagree with you, but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler,” “Got competence?,” and “9/11 was an outside job.”
Colbert added: “Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — ‘Reason’ is just one letter away from ‘treason.’ Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.”
The rallies are set the Saturday before the mid-term elections on Oct. 30.