Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart appeared Thursday on CBS This Morning to offer his thoughts on Donald Trump’s historic presidential election victory last week.
Certainly no Trump fan, nor a fan of leading Republicans whom he considers part of the “swamp” that Trump wants to drain, Stewart at the same time was candid about the hypocrisy on the left when they treat Trump supporters as a “monolith,” as if they are all racists or sexists or any other undesirable adjective they would care to hang on them merely for supporting the president-elect.
In response to Charlie Rose’s question about “who we are as a country,” Stewart responded that he would rather have an open and honest conversation than one in “dog whistles.”
“I would rather have this conversation openly and honestly than in dog whistles,” said Stewart. “You know, somebody was saying, ‘There might be an anti-Semite that is working in the White House.’ I was like, have you listened to the Nixon tapes? Like, forget about advising the president – the president. Like, have you read LBJ? Do you know our history?”
“We also have to caution ourselves to the complexity of that history,” he continued. “I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points. But there is 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 who I love, that I respect, that I think have incredible qualities – that are not afraid of Mexicans and 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 and it would be ignorance. But everybody who voted for Trump is a monolith – is a racist. That hypocrisy is also real in our country. And so that is the fight that we wage against ourselves and against 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 ever [has]. That is what is exceptional about America. This ain’t easy and it’s an incredible thing.”
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