A couple of days ago Jon Stewart had an interview with Charlie Rose and said this…
“The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama,” Stewart said. “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.”
“Like, there are guys in my neighborhood that I love, that I respect, that I think have incredible qualities who are not afraid of Mexicans, and not afraid of Muslims, and not afraid of blacks,” he continued. “They’re afraid of their insurance premiums.”
And the right is eating it up.
Town Hall’s Katie Pavlich Stop Calling Trump Voters Racist…Says Jon Stewart
“Liberals are still dealing with Hillary Clinton’s election loss last week by calling Trump voters racist, bigoted and irredeemable monsters who have “white lashed” America.
But while celebrities like Lady Gaga, John Legend and Katy Perry are happy to engage in the hysteria and smears, comedian Jon Stewart is calling on progressives to back off of their stereotyping.”
PJ Media’s Nathan Lichtman Jon Stewart: Liberals Are Hypocritical for Thinking All Trump Voters Are Racist
Jon Stewart thinks Donald Trump may have said some very inappropriate things, but he doesn’t want all of his voters to be thought of as a racist “monolith.” He thinks it’s hypocritical for liberals to paint all Trump supporters with one brush. I think even the CBS crew was surprised by how rational and moderate Stewart sounded.
Glenn Beck’s The Blaze: Liberal icon Jon Stewart criticizes ‘hypocrisy’ of ‘liberal community’
Jon Stewart — revered by the left for skewering conservatives and Republicans when he hosted Comedy Centrals’ “The Daily Show” — took a different tone as he spoke with CBS’ Charlie Rose about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.
Jessica Chasmar at The Washington Times: Jon Stewart slams liberal ‘hypocrisy’ for branding Trump voters racist
Former talk show host Jon Stewart slammed the “hypocrisy” of the left for supposedly rejecting stereotypes while painting Donald Trump voters as racist.
Jeff Poor at Beitbart.com: Jon Stewart Calls Out Left’s Hypocrisy of Labeling All Trump Voters ‘Racist’ While Defending Muslims
“I would rather have this conversation openly and honestly than in dog whistles,” Stewart said. “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?”
“In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith,” Stewart continued. “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 that’s an incredible thing.”
Sam J. at Twitchy: Liberals calling Trump supporters racist: That hypocrisy is also real
“Boom. Right? Yeah, someone check Hell, it might be getting chilly down there today. We agree with Jon Stewart. As you can imagine, the Left wasn’t thrilled with Stewart calling out THEIR behavior. Shocker.
Maxwell Tani at the Business Insider: Jon Stewart reacts to election, defends some Trump supporters: They shouldn’t all be defined by ‘worst of his rhetoric’
“Stewart placed much of the blame for the anger that propelled Trump’s election on congressional Republicans, arguing that their opposition to President Barack Obama’s main legislative priorities resulted in the government dysfunction that Trump ran against.
“Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats but to Republicans,” Stewart said. “He is not Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans. But they will reap the benefit of his victory, in all of their cynicism.”
Only the Business Insider hinted at all that was discussed in the 5 min clip of the interview which, btw, is well worth your time.
Here is the portion of the interview you won’t find quoted in any of the links above…
Charlie Rose: Your reaction to this election? Surprise? Fear?
Jon Stewart: … I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. The same country, with all it’s 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.
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 and the ultimate irony of this election is the cynical strategy of the Republicans which is “our position is that government doesn’t work and we are going to make sure it doesn’t… “
Charlie Rose: “Drain the Swamp”
Jon Stewart: But they aren’t going to drain the swamp. McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp. And what they decided to do was “I’m going to make sure the government doesn’t work, and then I’m going to use it’s lack of working as evidence of it.” Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats, but to Republicans. He is not a Republican, he is a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory in all of their cynism and all of their…I will guarantee you Republicans are going to come to Jesus now about the power of government.
I believe Jon Stewart is mostly right. However, I don’t think we can discount the importance of “others” as scapegoats in politics and I don’t think Mr. Stewart would disagree. Of course, Trump voters are not a monolith but we also have to be able to admit that a) bigotry plays some role in the type of politics Trump is selling and b) there is some significant percentage (by which I mean small, but real) of overt white supremacist faction within Trump’s GOP.
What is interesting to note about this late-week, right-wing distraction is it seems that the writers of these posts, or perhaps the editors, are aware that they do have a racism problem. If they thought this was pure baloney, then I don’t see them covering this at all. As the creators of right-wing news must know, it is important to inform their readers what they are not. And in this clip even Liberal Jon Stewart is here to tell them it is the left that is hypocritical on whom are the real racists in the room. Their readers are not racists or bigots, no matter how overwhelmingly Republican policies favor the privileged – whether that privilege be race or discretionary wealth (and I’d argue discretionary time too).
I also think this media blip is a fascinating way-point in American politics because it does prove (remember, they presumably had to watch the entire 5 minute clip to get to the part they wanted to hear) that Republicans and their enablers must at the very least be aware of the real and frightening Republican “ungoverning” scheme of governing that Mr. Stewart quite concisely articulates.