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Jon Stewart on Trump Victory: ‘This Fight Has Never Been Easy’

The former "Daily Show" host sat down with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”

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Jon Stewart broke his silence on the election in an interview with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”

While promoting his new book “The Daily Show: An Oral History,” Stewart shared his thoughts on Donald Trump’s victory and our country.

“I don’t believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago,” Stewart expressed. “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. 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.”

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The former “Daily Show” host continued by commenting on the irony of the “cynical strategy” of Republicans like Senator Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who kept telling people the government doesn’t work, then making sure it didn’t.

“They’re not draining the swamp. McConnell and Ryan – those guys are the swamp. And what they decided to do was, ‘I’m going to make sure government doesn’t work and then I’m going to use its lack of working as evidence of it,'” Stewart stated. “Donald Trump is a reaction, not just to Democrats, to Republicans. He is not a Republican. He’s a repudiation of Republicans. But they will reap the benefit of his victory, in all of their cynicism.”

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During his interview Stewart also brought up how he found it odd that nobody asked Trump what actually makes America great in the first place and commented on how people define Trump supporters. 

“I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points,” he said. “But there is now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric. 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. They’re afraid of their insurance premiums.”

Check out his interview in the clip below.

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