Robert Gehl reports that talk-show host – and the original modern-day purveyor of fake news – Jon Stewart shocked his fans by openly criticizing Barack Obama and his leadership.
During a “Times Talk” interview for the New York Times, Stewart said that he was optimistic about life under President Donald Trump, mainly because he was able to survive eight years of Barack Obama.
“Obama has been in office for eight years, and I don’t know about you, but it seems like there’s still s**t to do,” he said to TV Critic James Poniewozik.
Stewart said that while he’s politically liberal, there was plenty he disagreed with President Obama about.
“I thought they were terrible for press freedom. I still am not quite sure I understand a centralized policy of spying and droning,” he said.
“There will be real victims of the policies over the next four years, but there were real victims, like Barack Obama’s administration deported more people than any in history,” he continued, The Washington Times reports. “That was real and whether we took comfort in the fact that he was one of the good guys that did that, real people paid a price for that.”
“Obama didn’t change and fix everything and Trump can’t ruin everything,” he argued. “If we’re that vulnerable to one guy, that guy — that’s how we’re going out? This incredible experiment in liberty and democracy that we fought and died for is going to go out ― with that guy.
“That can’t be how this story ends,” he said. “I’m optimistic because, I cant believe how much better this country is than it was when it started. It’s always up and back.”
Stewart’s latest confession comes one week after he told Charlie Rose that the media needs to stop painting Trump supporters as a bunch of racist hicks.
“This has to stop. This idea that we’re all… that our team is perfect and the other team is demons,” he said. “And this is not like a Kumbaya, let’s all get along. Let’s [expletive] fight, but let’s fight with precision and integrity, and not with just demonization.
“And I’ll say this, I know a lot of first responders. I spent a lot of time in that community. A [expletive] of them voted for Trump,” he continued. “The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the [expletive] they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow.
So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff.”