We haven’t heard much from Jon Stewart since Trump won the election, but he spoke out on Thursday and pointed out the incredible irony of Trump winning.
During an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, Stewart stated his belief that this is the same country even though it elected Donald Trump.
“I don’t believe that we’re a fundamentally different country today that we were two weeks ago,” Stewart said. “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.”
But that’s not quite true, even though the optimism is appreciated.
The fact is that this country is in a state of upheaval as Trump supporters commit hate crimes across the country in record numbers against women and minorities because they are emboldened by Trump’s win.
However, Stewart did acknowledge the fear that millions of American feel right now.
“I feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainty and insecurity,” he continued, “but I also feel like this fight has never been easy.”
Stewart pointed out that Republicans have spent years saying that government in broken and have only “proved” it by breaking it themselves with their own “cynical strategy.” Stewart said that while Trump has called for “draining the swamp,” Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are still there and they are the swamp that has been causing all the government dysfunction in order to say that government doesn’t work.
“Donald Trump is a repudiation not just of Democrats, but of Republicans,” Stewart claimed. “He’s not a Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory — in all of their cynicism.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
The problem is that most Republicans voted for Trump and Republicans are absolutely giddy at the prospect of having a rubber stamp for all of their destructive policies, which includes dismantling Social Security and Medicare.
This is not a game, and while Stewart likely knows that, it sounds rather naive for him to say that this is the same America that voted for Obama. It’s not. And America is definitely not better for it.
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