Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump

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Comedian Jon Stewart says political commentators are “making a mistake” focusing on former President Donald Trump’s individual contributions to eroding democracy, arguing instead that America’s institutions are vulnerable to “the idea that power is its own reward.”

“I don’t know if autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump,” the former “Daily Show” host said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Unfortunately, the messiness of democracy is often maybe one of its greatest weak points. People generally want prosperity and security.”

“If a democratic system is having difficulty providing that or if it’s being subverted by those who want to create chaos so that they can make a more authoritarian government, that’s part of it, too,” he added.

“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

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