Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Believes a 'Multicultural Democracy Is Impossible'

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart had a chance to weigh in on the outcome of the election Thursday, remarking on President-elect Donald Trump and his promise to make America great again during an interview with CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose.

“One of the things that struck me as odd about this election, and maybe I just missed it, but nobody asked Donald Trump what makes America great,” he said. “I think his candidacy has animated the thought that… a multicultural democracy is impossible.”

Stewart voiced his concern for “the people for whom this election will mean more uncertainty and insecurity,” but expressed doubt that the United States was suddenly going to become a “fundamentally different country” under a Trump administration.

“The same country — with all of its grace and flaws and volatility and insecurity and strength and resilience — exists today as it did two weeks ago,” he argued. “The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama.”

He also questioned Trump’s allegiance to the Republican party, and the idea that he’s merely a response to those displeased with democrats following eight years under Obama.

“Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats, but to Republicans,” he theorized about the president-elect. “He’s not a Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory in all of their cynicism.”

Watch Rose’s complete interview with Stewart above, then tell us if you agree with the comedian’s response to Trump’s victory.

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42 Comments
  1. sunshine says:

    “It’s the economy stupid” (Clinton’s campaign message) applies here. Yes, you just missed it.

    • Patrick says:

      No, we do get it. We get that the economy was the driving force for voting for Trump. Ostensibly, a least. Trump and his supporters clearly blamed the poor economy on non-whites and immigrants, illegal or no. Trump used racist rhetoric in his arguments for why the economy was faltering, and what he would do to fix it.

      • Angela says:

        Exactly.
        .
        Though I will say that I do think the Democrats could’ve done a little better job explaining/showing the ways our economy HAS been slowly improving in recent years, and how it would continue to improve under Democratic economic policies. There’s still a lot to do with the economy, definitely, but there have been some signs of growth, and I think that message should’ve been made more clear to voters, too.
        .
        I also think a lot of people seem to have forgotten just how bad the recession at the end of the Bush years truly was. Obviously it’s going to take longer than usual for the economy to rebound-that’s what happens when you’re trying to fix the nasty results of a deep economic recession. If a Republican had been in office these past eight years, we’d still be struggling under them, too.
        .
        (And there’s the fact that Obama’s economic plans were likely heavily hindered by a stalemate Congress and a Republican Party who refused to work with him on virtually anything, but…yeah.)

    • Jake says:

      Nah, it’s more like a lot of Dem voters got complacent (Oh, Hillary’s gonna win, it’s in the bag! No need to vote..) and a lot of Rep were mad about the past eight years of Obama’s presidency and came out in droves.

  2. pal29501 says:

    Who is Jon Stewart to say what Trump thinks? He just wants to be back in the headlines…

    • DL says:

      Everyone’s begging for him to make a comeback. If he wanted to be back in the headlines, he could, no doubt. The fact that he isn’t everywhere is a testament to his self-restraint and desire for privacy.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Who are you to say what job Stewart thinks, Anonymous troll? “He just wants to be back in the headlines.” So bored of the conservative double standard and victim routine.

      • pal29501 says:

        Since I wouldn’t (and didn’t) presume to know what Jon Stewart thinks (I assume that’s who you meant–not “job” as you typed). His actions are enough. It is the same tired antics–verbally abuse your opponent until you get what you want. People have had enough. The mental disorder known as liberalism will no longer be allowed to fester. Suck it up, buttercup.

  3. Rachel says:

    Just once I would like to watch an interview with Jon Stewart where the interviewer doesn’t feel the need to interrupt him multiple times while he’s mid-sentence with what they think Jon is about to say. Let him finish his thoughts. TALKING ABOUT YOU, DAVID AXELROD.

    • Jake says:

      Charley Rose does the same thing. He can’t not talk for more than minute, always has to butt in or cut off the person being interviewed.

  4. Bella says:

    At first, I thought they just didn’t get why people voted for Trump instead of Hillary. But now I’ve realized that they’re covering their eyes in order to avoid seeing it. There were many reasons why people voted for Trump. but racism, sexism, etc., all the cultural reasons proffered, were a tiny fraction of those reasons. So tiny, they wouldn’t register on the scale. As far as multiculturism goes, America’s history has been as a melting pot, where people can come from other countries, maintain their traditions, languages, religions, etc., but still become American, with American laws and traditions are at the top. We only have to look to Europe to see how multiculturism has failed – police don’t enter whole neighborhoods in European countries because the Islamic immigrants are following their own laws and traditions and not those of their host countries. Rapes and assaults have sky-rocketed, along with demands that their adopted countries give ground to their traditions instead of the other way around.

    • Jo says:

      As someone who lives in Europe, I can say that everything you just said about multiculturalism in Europe is just not true.

    • Chris says:

      Is what you are saying, supposed to be grounded in reality?

      As someone who lives in Europe, I can confirm that everything you stated couldn’t be further from the truth.

    • DavidJ says:

      Yes that is definitely an issue in Europe, but you don’t see that nearly as much in America. Immigrants make much more of an effort to assimilate here, and reports of crime committed by those groups have been WILDLY exaggerated by the right.
      And as many have argued, the issue is not that so many of Trump’s supporters were sexist or racist (which I never believed was true), but that they were willing to overlook the blatantly hateful language and rhetoric directed at women and minorities by this guy, and to ignore (or even mock) the serious concerns those groups had about it.
      And the fact this has to be the most unqualified and undisciplined candidate in history just makes it an even bigger insult.

      • Katherine215 says:

        I’m sorry, but “overlooking” the racism, sexism, and bigotry Trump spewed by voting for him means you accept it, or at the very least are not bothered by it, and I don’t see how that doesn’t make you racist/sexist/a bigot. You’re either accepting of bigotry or you’re not. This isn’t an area where you can be on a spectrum of accepting/opposing.

    • TV Gord says:

      I’d be curious to know how much time you’ve spent in Europe, Bella.

    • K says:

      Maybe you should look to actual Europe instead of listening to bs lies about what’s going on here. I feel perfectly safe here. I’ve met Muslim Syrian refugees and they were really nice people who went through something horrible no one should have to go through. I’ve never been afraid I might be raped when I go out. The real problem are the xenophobes, but I hope they will always be a minority outnumbered by good, decent people.

      You might think that racism, sexism, islamophobia and the like we’re only a tiny fraction of the reasons to vote for Trump, but every single person who voted for him was at least somewhat okay with all the horrible things he said. And there are no actual good reasons to vote for him, and if you think there are you’ve been conned. He has never cared about anyone but himself. He is rich because he was born rich and spent his life profiting even from failures by screwing over others. He has no idea how to run a country, is extremely thin skinned and vindictive, and can easily be manipulated through flattery. He believes in ridiculous conspiracy theories instead of actual science and admires dictators. It should be at least somewhat alarming that he refused to say he would accept the outcome of the election if he lost, but there’s no reason to worry he won’t accept a loss once he’s actually in power, right? And it’s not like Republicans keep proving that they care more about being in power than the will of the people or democracy itself. So your next President bragged about being able to grab women by their lady parts because he was a star, but hey, at least he didn’t have a private email server.

    • A fan of TV says:

      If you honestly believe they were tiny reasons, my friend, the only one covering their eyes refusing to see the truth is you.

  5. Tina says:

    This just reminds me how much I miss Jon on the Daily Show.

  6. Matt says:

    Obama has a 58% approval rating. Trumps is in the low 40s. Let’s remember that tens of millions of people did not vote. The election had a voter turnout of only 55%. Our government – on the federal, state and local levels – will never represent the people if the people don’t vote. Let’s remember also that many voted Trump to blow the place up or because they opposed Hillary. They did not necessarily vote for extreme conservatives, which they may get in a far right Supreme Court & a GOP Congress who’ll push their agenda (like privatizing Medicare) on the empty suit that is Trump.

    • Mary says:

      I agree many did not bother to vote because they hated both candidates and those who did let their hatred for her justify them voting for a Candidate like Trump or third party.
      I know a few who voted third party and now are complaining about who he is putting into his cabinet positions. It frustrates me that either they didn’t understand the ramifications of their actions or they really are uneducated.

  7. syvyn11 says:

    The reason we can’t be a “multi-cultural democracy” is because we were never a democracy to begin with. We are a respetational republic. At least Trump knows that.

    • maggie says:

      The United States is a Constitutional Republic which is a type of Democracy. Our Constitutional Republic is a Representational Democracy as opposed to a Direct Democracy. But, we are still a form of Democracy.

      Since Trump talks as if a President has unlimited powers, promising things that a President cannot unilaterally do, he has no idea how our government works.

      “respetational”??? You mean Representational?

  8. Chris Norris says:

    And the Trumpanzees come out in full force. Again. Jesus F**k, your guy won. ENough already.

  9. If we had to vote for a TV personality to be President, couldn’t it have been Jon Stewart? He knows more about politics than the President-elect and actually cares about the country and people other than himself.

  10. Carol says:

    How does john srewart know what Donald trump believes. Is he clairvoyant???…..ugh….go away !!!

    • maggie says:

      He’s going by things Trump actually said. Trump demonized various groups and said America would be better if we all worshiped the same God. It doesn’t matter if Trump believes that in his heart, or if he was just saying that to get votes. Trump advocated for a less diverse America, and that’s what Stewart was talking about.

  11. kanidrive says:

    Just stop. That headline is extremely misleading. He didn’t say those words in that context. You are making the problem of false information in media that much worse.

  12. The United States is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. Maybe Jon thinks he is smarter than Thomas Jefferson who knew the dangers of a democracy and guided the founding fathers away from forming one. Jon needs to be very quiet.

  13. The USA is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. Jon needs to tell jokes and perhaps read the constitution.