Jon Stewart reacts to Donald Trump’s election win (Video)

Jon Stewart (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation)
Jon Stewart (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation) /

Jon Stewart reassures the American people that “everything’s going to be alright” during a animal rights gala.

The election of Donald Trump has led some to wonder whether Jon Stewart could have been instrumental in dissuading voters from making the former Apprentice host Commander-in-Chief if he were still host of The Daily Show. As protests against the president-elect persist around the country, Stewart sought to temper emotions by assuring people that not much has changed since Election Day during an appearance at the Farm Sanctuary gala over the weekend.

“There’s been a lot of talk here tonight against Donald Trump, which has been hard for me, as a Trump supporter,” he joked at the fundraiser in Los Angeles Saturday night. “But, in all seriousness, we’re still the same people we were a week ago. We’re still the same country that elected a guy named Barack Obama. Everything’s going to be alright.”

Watch footage from his speech below:

Stewart didn’t spend much of his time discussing politics, instead focusing on animal rights as he presented the “Gift of Life Award” to Allene Lapides, the President of the Allene & Jerome Lapides Foundation, which focuses on animal rights, animal protection, women’s issues, and the environment. According to Variety, the charity event was co-chaired by Bones actress Emily Deschanel and Stewart’s wife, Tracey Stewart, a vegan and animal right activist. The couple announced last year that they were partnering with Farm Sanctuary to open a fourth location at their New Jersey farm. The organization focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating farm animals. Other celebrity attendees at the event included Jeff Garlin and Moby, with Kevin Nealon serving as host, while Kat Von D and Leona Lewis were the night’s other honorees.

While Stewart was much more diplomatic in his remarks, other attendees were more pointed in their comments about Trump and the Republican Party, with Nealon joking that, “They used to say in America that anybody can grow up to be president, and now we know anybody that doesn’t grow up can be president,” while fellow presenter Moby vowed “to f–king crush the Republicans” at the midterm elections in two years.

However, Stewart struck a much different tone at another recent charity event for veterans, referring to Trump as “F*ckface Von Clownstick” after recounting their Twitter feud over his Jewish heritage during an appearance at Stand Up For Heroes earlier this month. He also made his third appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which he executive produces, on the eve of the election to encourage viewers to get out to vote with an assist from Hamilton‘s Javier Munoz, labeling Trump as a “tax-and-draft-dodging little orange groundhog,” and agreeing with Colbert that “he’s worse” than Hillary Clinton.

“You know he acts real tough, but he’s a wussy/He’ll probably fill the court with Gary Busey/And then he’ll grab your mother’s …” he rapped, before being stopped by Colbert.

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Meanwhile, Samantha Bee addressed the blame game going on in light of the election on Monday’s Full Frontal, which featured a cameo from Stewart. “I think we all know whose fault it is. The Jews, obviously. Damn you, Jon,” she said, later cutting away to the former Daily Show host gleefully coloring a turkey while in his happy place.