Jon Stewart said conversations about Donald Trump shouldn’t be about whether or not he should be indicted. “I think the law should always take into account someone’s popularity,” Stewart said sarcastically. Instead, Stewart said, we should focus on finding a “consistent accountability” system. Something is loading.
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Former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart said he doesn’t care about conversations about whether or not former President Donald Trump will become a ‘martyr’ if indicted.
Stewart, who spoke to Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s “GPS” on Saturday, said he was more focused on finding a “consistent accountability” system.
Since January, a New York grand jury has been investigating Trump’s connection to a silent $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. As the investigation draws to a close, Trump could face indictment in the coming weeks.
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who testified before the New York grand jury, was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the payment. Cohen now alleges that Trump ordered him to make the payments.
Zakaria asked Stewart, host of ‘The Trouble With Jon Stewart’ on Apple TV+, whether or not Trump should be indicted, citing concerns that Trump, who received 74.2 million votes in 2020, could becoming a martyr to those who believe he is being treated unfairly by the justice system.
“I think the law should always take into account someone’s popularity,” Stewart replied sarcastically. “I mean, what happened to our country? It’s like you can’t even commit financial fraud anymore.”
Stewart later continued, “The idea that someone could face responsibility, who is so rich and powerful, is outrageous, and this country should not tolerate it.”
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After concluding his article, Stewart explained that “the rule of law” doesn’t take into account “if it can make you a martyr for someone.”
“I’d much rather the conversation be: what’s the law? What exactly are we saying he did? His lawyer went to jail for the same thing for a few years. So what’s the crime? a crime ? ?” said Stewart.
Stewart also denounced the lack of “accountability in our financial systems” and cited Congressional stock trading as an example.
After learning he could be indicted, Trump took to social media to call on his supporters to defend him, which experts could give his most extreme supporters a reason to resort to violence. Last week, Trump posted on Truth Social warning of “potential death and destruction” if indicted.
A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.