In an interview with the New Yorker's David Remnick, comedian and social commentator Jon Stewart explained his belief that Donald Trump will find a way to win the 2024 presidential election in four years through what he called an "administrative coup."
"Trump proved himself a colossal liar and admirer of authoritarians, and his incompetence during the pandemic was what it was," Remnick began. "January 6th was supported by him and pretty self-evidently in attempt to illegally reverse a democratic election. And yet he persists! He's quite likely to run in 2024. But how do you feel about it?"
"Oh, I think he's, he's got it," Stewart replied. "Got a very good chance, and they're, they're smarter about it."
'What I think they really learned from this exercise was there are really specific pivot points within the American electoral system," he elaborated. "And those pivot points are generally the administration of elections run by partisans, but not ideologues. In other words, a lot of those, a lot of the real mechanics and logistics of elections are run by Democrats or Republicans, partisans, but they are administrative positions. If he can replace the administrative functionaries with ideologues, he's removed almost all of the guard rails that stopped this present one."
"Forget about that, you know, they were going to storm the Capitol on January 6th and Mike Pence was going to reverse it in some dramatic, you know, 'And on the finale of The Apprentice..." Stewart joked. "That's not how this is going to go."
"It's going to be an administrative coup, but it will be a Democratic coup," he continued. "So it won't be a coup and it will bring about a kind of early-stage minority rule. The actual danger of what happened is that it exposed a fragility at a level that is not flashy or sexy or known. The environment is falling apart. Democracy is in peril. Need I go on? This, this, this pandemic, that's not only endangering the health of people, but their mental health."
You can watch the interview here.