All the late night hosts have sounded off Donald Trump being elected president. However, there’s one voice that has been noticeably quieter since he’s no longer on the air: Jon Stewart. Thankfully, Stewart broke his silence on Thursday in the first interview he’s given since the former Celebrity Apprentice host was elected.
In an interview with CBS This Morning, the former Daily Show host opened up about the complex feelings he has about the results of the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago,” Stewart told Charlie Rose. “The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama. I feel badly for the people for whom this election will mean uncertainty and insecurity.”
Stewart thinks Trump’s victory is not only a rejection of the Democratic Party, but also of Republicans. He said the GOP’s “cynical strategy” of saying the government didn’t work ended up succeeding because politicians like Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan made sure it didn’t function to prove their point. “[Donald Trump] is not a Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans,” said Stewart. “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.”
However, the conversation did turn somewhat positive when Stewart said he was puzzled by the fact that no one ever asked Trump, who campaigned on the promise to “make America great again,” what actually makes America great.
“Because it seems like from listening to him, the metrics are that it’s a competition. And I think what many would say is what makes us great is — America is an anomaly in the world,” he said.
Stewart added that Trump’s campaign highlighted the fact that many people think a “multiethnic democracy, a multicultural democracy is impossible. And that is what America by it’s founding, and constitutionally is. Like every other state.”
You can watch the entire interview below: