Jon Stewart sure picked the wrong time to hang up his broadcasting suit and tuck away his papers he enjoys shuffling around. The 2016 presidential election was one of the most controversial and debated of all-time. With four years of President Donald J. Trump there will be plenty of fodder. However, Stewart walked away from The Daily Show for greener pastures, but he did make an appearance on CBS News to give his opinion on the shocking election.
Stewart ditched the comedy and gave a very serious interview to Charlie Rose regarding the election.
“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. I feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainly and insecurity. But I also feel like this fight has never been easy.
The former Daily Show host said that Republicans were hypocritical for jumping on the Trump Train that promised to “drain the swamp.”
“And the ultimate irony of this election is the cynical strategy of the Republicans, which is: ‘Our position as government doesn’t work. We’re going to make sure… that it doesn’t work.’”
Stewart said Trump is “not a Republican,” but a “repudiation of Republicans” and added that the President-elect “is a reaction not just to Democrats, but to Republicans.”
Stewart also called out liberals who say that anyone who voted for Trump must be a racist and noted that they are hypocrites for painting so many millions of people with such a broad and unfair brush.
“We also have to caution ourselves to the complexity of [our] history. I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points. But there’s now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric. There are guys in my neighborhood that I love and respect, that I think have incredible qualities, who are not afraid of Mexicans and are not afraid of Muslims and not afraid of blacks; they’re afraid of their insurance premiums. In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith. Don’t look at Muslims as a monolith. They are individuals. It would be ignorance. But everybody who voted for Trump is a monolith, is a racist. That hypocrisy is also real.”
Stewart was surprised that no one in the media challenged Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again,” and ask the President-elect exactly what that motto means.
Many people missed Jon Stewart’s snarky, entertaining and clever political commentary, some have even gone so far as to make outrageous claims that Hillary Clinton would have won the election if Jon Stewart was still the host of The Daily Show. While that may not be the case, his presence was and is sorely missed, especially by Comedy Central who saw ratings for The Daily Show plummet since his departure in 2015. In an all-important election year, the flagship show has lost half of their viewers with new host Trevor Noah. Last August, Stewart had 1.9 million viewers, but a year later Noah only has 810,000.