Jon Stewart says media making mistake casting Trump as incredible supervillain
Written by Peter Boykin on October 18, 2021
Jon Stewart says the media making a 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain'
Comedian Jon Stewart said the media’s hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump is a mistake and that casting him as an “incredible supervillain” distracts from other threats.
The former “Daily Show” host told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview airing Sunday that political pundits are “making a mistake” blaming Trump for the country’s divisive discourse, arguing they should turn their focus to the threat posed by much larger institutions that have dangerously embraced “the idea that power is its own reward.”
“I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump as if he’s … Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.,” Stewart said. “He’s just been an effective vessel, but he’s not singing new songs. … I think it’s a mistake to focus it all on this one individual and not to focus it more on the idea that power is its own reward whether it be in the financial industry or government. Power doesn’t cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we’ll be vulnerable.”
Stewart, who recently launched a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” said it’s time the media moves away from the idea that “autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump.”
“I think we all have a bit of a tendency to grant amnesty to people that are doing things that we would prefer, even if that means that they’re doing things that are slightly undemocratic,” he admitted. “So I think our focus unhealthily on this one individual comes at the price of systems and dynamics that have been in place long before this cat ever learned how to surf those waves.”
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