Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump

“If we have identified the pressure points where the guardrails look most vulnerable, that’s where we should be focusing so much of our efforts in terms of strengthening. … The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart stated.

Talking about political advancements in the 6 years in between leaving “The Daily Show” and beginning a brand-new program, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple television+ this fall, Stewart stated social networks algorithms have actually been a crucial consider driving increased political polarization.

“We’re adjusting to a new information and political ecosystem. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous,” he said. “It helps radicalize in a faster way or a deeper way. We have algorithms that make sure that if you are starting to lean toward something bad … then the algorithm says, ‘I’ve got a four-hour manifesto you’ve got to see.’ We have created a machine that makes that kind of radicalization more efficient.”

Stewart briefly cast judgment on whether President Joe Biden is doing a great job leading the country — “I don’t think anybody is” — prior to going back to the risk that critics view Trump postures to the democratic order, keeping the previous Republican president is primarily an “effective vessel.”

“Again, he is not singing new songs. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater,” Stewart said. “But 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 in government. Power doesn’t ever cede itself.”

“We learned a lot of this in recent decades, but especially maybe the last four or five years because Donald Trump was so disruptive and so willing to challenge norms, we have learned that a lot of the American system is built on the honor system,” Stewart said. “That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.