Left-leaning comedian Jon Stewart weighed in on Trump’s victory, and it may be a bit surprising what he said. He’s not towing the liberal line in attacking Trump’s supporters as “racists,” “homophobes,” and “Islamophobes.”
In fact, he’s saying that it’s hypocritical for liberals to paint Trump supporters and voters with a broad brush, and letting them be “defined by the worst of his rhetoric.” He draws a comparison to the fact that liberals claim to hate it when conservatives paint Muslims with a broad brush based on the few terrorist attacks (relative to the whole number of Muslims) that occur at the hands of those who identify as Muslim.
So, liberals don’t like the hasty generalizations and stereotypes that conservatives allegedly engage in with minority groups, but it’s perfectly fine to do the same thing with those who supported and voted for Trump. Stewart identified that inconsistency as hypocrisy. Here’s what he said:
“I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points. 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 are afraid of their insurance premiums.
“In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith. ‘Don’t look at Muslims as a monolith. They are individuals and it’s ignorant.’ But everyone who voted for Trump is a monolith, is a racist? That hypocrisy is also real.”
Obviously, you don’t have to agree with everything he said. Stewart’s a liberal, so he’s not going to be supportive of Trump. He’s simply being honest. Just because a person voted for Trump doesn’t mean that that person must be a racist. And that self-righteous hypocrisy needs to stop.
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