In an interview a few weeks after the election, Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, dismisses the slogan “make America great again,” and answers with the question, “what is it that makes America great?”
He said you can’t dismiss Muslims or other groups as monoliths, and you can’t dismiss people who voted for Trump as monoliths either. People are not monoliths, they do not all have an inflexible character. “I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points, but there’s now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric,” Stewart said, and he disagrees with the idea.
America is an anomaly. and an exceptional country. “America is not natural. Natural is Tribal. We’re fighting thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something (sic) that’s what’s exceptional about America,” he said.
Looking at America from a level-headed, and non-prejudicial point of view, Stewart said he does not believe America “is a fundamentally different country today,” than before the election of Donald Trump. We are still the same country he said, “with all its grace and flaws and volatility and insecurity and strength and resilience.”
Donald trump is a reaction to, not just the Democrats, but to the Republicans. “He’s not a Republican,” Stewart said, “He’s a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory.”
The Republicans made sure they created a government that doesn’t work, then used it as evidence that government doesn’t work. “They’re not draining the swamp,” Stewart said, “McDonnell and Ryan – those guys – are the swamp.”
When all is said, what makes America great is it’s diversity, even the diverse parts we personally don’t care for. America can not be made great again, it’s been a great country since the Founding Fathers created the framework for its democracy.