Donald Trump’s epic upset of the Clinton empire has given talk-show hosts ample material. Many have been openly critical of the President-Elect and his post-election decision making. One notable voice missing from the scrum is that of Jon Stewart.
Jon Stewart retired as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” months before the election, and so hasn’t had his formal platform for political punditry. But an appearance on “CBS This Morning” allowed him a chance to speak.
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Stewart didn’t deliver the wry send-up of Trump that many expected. “I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. The same country with all its grace and flaws, and volatility, and insecurity, and strength, and resilience exists today as existed two weeks ago. The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama.”
Stewart pointed out some of the more blatant hypocrisy from Clinton supporters. “In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith. ‘Don’t look as Muslims as a monolith. They are the individuals and it would be ignorance. But everybody who voted for Trump is a monolith, is a racist.’ That hypocrisy is also real in our country.”
Those he’s one of the few voices of reason cutting above the noise, Stewart isn’t a Trump fan. “I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points. But there is now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric.”
“Like, there are guys in my neighborhood that I love, that I respect, that I think have incredible qualities who are not afraid of Mexicans, and not afraid of Muslims, and not afraid of blacks. They’re afraid of their insurance premiums.”
Stewart’s conciliatory words come as quite a surprise. Before the elections, Stewart had said he planned to move to “another planet” if Trump was elected. Now, it seems, he may be part of the healing we all know will come. Eventually.