Jon Stewart Points Out the Ultimate Bitter Irony of Trump's Election

Trump repudiated Republicans, who will nevertheless reap the benefits of his election.

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Even on the verge of a Trump presidency, comedian Jon Stewart largely maintains the same sentiment of hope that propelled Barack Obama to victory.

"I don’t believe that we’re a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago,” Stewart said on CBS "This Morning," one week after 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," Stewart told anchor Charlie Rose. “The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama,” the comedian pointed out.

At the same time, Stewart deeply empathizes with voters pained by this elections, particularly groups Donald Trump scapegoated during his presidential campaign.

"I feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainty and insecurity, but I also feel like this fight has never been easy,” Stewart reminded viewers. Then again, it could be argued that Jon Stewart does not have as much skin in the game as say, Spanish-speaking immigrants or those from Muslim countries.

He also stated that while he does not believe Trump is a Republican, the party will greatly benefit from his policies, judging from their persistently "cynical strategy" of obstructionism in government. 

“Donald Trump is a repudiation not just of Democrats, but of Republicans,” Stewart said. “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.”

Trump has promised to make America great again, but Stewart wondered why no one asked Trump, during his entire presidential campaign, "What makes America great?" 

"America is an anomaly," Stewart told the host, "a multicultural democracy... by its founding."

"And it's becoming more and more, year by year," Charlie Rose added. 

Stewart believes that as a country, through the Trump effect, we have gone off track, but would rather have the conversation "honestly and openly, rather than in dog whistles," he stated. 


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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