Jon Stewart wants to know why nobody asked Donald Trump “what makes America great” during the election process.
The former “Daily Show” host appeared on “CBS This Morning” Thursday to offer post-election analysis in his first interview since Trump upset Hillary Clinton last week.
“He wants to make America great again,” Stewart said on the CBS morning show. “But nobody said to him, ‘Well, what is it that makes America great?”
“Nobody asked Donald Trump what makes America great.” — Jon Stewart on the election. pic.twitter.com/OBAZaZ9iNp
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 17, 2016
“Here’s what I would honestly say. I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago. The same country with all its 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,” Stewart said. “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.”
He continued: “The ultimate irony of this election is the cynical strategy of the Republicans, which is, ‘Our position as government doesn’t work. We’re going to make sure… that it doesn’t work’… But they’re not draining the swamp. McConnell and Ryan, those guys are the swamp.”
“Donald Trump is a reaction not just to Democrats, to Republicans,” Stewart said. “He is not a Republican, he’s a repudiation of Republicans.”
He said the GOP will “reap the benefit of his victory, in all of their cynicism” but guarantees Republicans are “going to come to Jesus now about the power of government.”