Jon Stewart is not necessarily surprised by the results of the presidential election.
“The ultimate irony of this election is the cynical strategy of the Republicans,” he said. “Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats but to Republicans. He’s not a Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefits of his victory, in all of their cynicism.”
Stewart ― who went so far as singing to get support for Hillary Clinton ― says self-reflective conversations need to happen, and they need to happen openly.
“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,” he said, noting that he knows and loves people who are not afraid of immigrants, but rather “their insurance premiums.”
“In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith,” he continued. “Don’t look at Muslims as a monolith. They are the 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 this is the fight that we wage against ourselves and each other.”
While the host might be gone from Comedy Central, The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests will be available Nov. 22.