Jon Stewart appeared on CBS’s ‘This Morning’ offering his take on the election of Donald Trump, and providing some historical context for it.
Speaking with Charlie Rose, the former host of the ‘Daily Show’ said that American was not a fundamentally different country than it was before the election. “The same country, with all its grace and flaws and volatility and insecurity and strength and resilience, exists today as existed two weeks ago,” he said. “The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama.”
“Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats but to Republicans,” Stewart said. “He’s not a Republican,” Stewart continued. “He’s a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory in all of their cynicism and all of their — I will guarantee you Republicans are going to come to Jesus now about the power of government.”
At the same time, Stewart cautioned liberals against intolerance. He argued that while the left tends to fight hard for the prospect that people should not be judged as “monoliths,” it does not seem to practice what it preaches, “defining Trump supporters by the worst of his rhetoric.”
Stewart offered a perspective, not from the trenches, but looking with a wider perspective.
“America is an anomaly in the world. And Trump’s candidacy animated that thought, that a multicultural democracy is impossible — but that’s what America is.
This is the fight that we wage against ourselves and each other, because America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We’re fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever — that’s what’s exceptional about America. And this ain’t easy.”