Jon Stewart DITCHES Retirement, Appears On NY Times To Announce NEW Adventure (DETAILS)


Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, many on the left, including us, might be tempted to try and sleep through the next four years, but that’s not the most productive way to handle a Trump administration. In fact, Jon Stewart has some much better advice for us: “F**king buckle your seatbelt and get ready.”

The former Daily Show host appeared on Times Talks to discuss The Daily Show: An Oral History. Unsurprisingly, the conversation eventually turned to the recent election. Stewart mentioned how odd it was knowing that the President-elect had once attacked you on Twitter saying, “It is odd to be in a position of knowing that the leader of the free world tweeted that you were a pussy at 1:30 in the morning.”

‘I promise you that I’m much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz – I mean Jon Stewart . Who, by the way, is totally overrated.’

Despite his distaste for Trump, Stewart refused to blame his victory solely on racism.

‘Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist. I don’t give a f**k what any of you say to me.  You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly.’

He then mentioned a previous conversation he’d had where someone argued that those who support Trump are tacitly supporting a racist system. In response, Stewart asked the person to pull out his iPhone and pointed out that iPhones were made using an exploitative system.

“I was like, ‘Guess how those are made, guess who makes them?’” Stewart said. “’Oh yeah, but that’s … ‘ What, what is it? It’s not different, we all do that. All of our shit stinks and getting beyond that takes incredible work.”

It’s no secret that America is more polarized than ever. There have been several explanations for this ranging including the GOP’s embrace of the far-right to economic concerns. Stewart proposed a different reason: The length of our campaign cycle. He noted that our campaigns last nearly two years which can make it difficult for the country to come together after a contentious election cycle.

‘…Because if a campaign is too long, the fault lines between different tribes in our societies solidify. A campaign is 18 months long and you’ve got to choose a side for 18 months and then a disagreement becomes an argument and an argument becomes a fight and a fight becomes a feud and a feud becomes a war.’

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