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Jon Stewart made his first comments since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, expressing the view that the result does not mean the country is "fundamentally different."

"I don't believe we are a fundamentally different country today than we were two weeks ago," he said to Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning."

"The same country - with all its grace, and flaws, and volatility, and insecurity, and strength and resilience - exists today as existed two weeks ago. The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama," the former "Daily Show" host explained.

Stewart said just as all Muslims should not be viewed in a "monolithic" way by the right, all Trump supporters shouldn't be labeled as racists by the left. 

He turned his attention to Republicans, criticizing Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for a "cynical strategy" of claiming government does not work while "making sure government doesn't work" for years by opposing President Obama. 

"Donald Trump isn’t just a reaction to Democrats, but to Republicans," he went on.

"He’s not a Republican. He's a repudiation of Republicans, but they will reap the benefit of his victory. ... I will guarantee you Republicans are going to come to Jesus now about the power of government," he argued.

He also lamented the fact that no one asked Trump during the campaign what he thinks "makes America great."

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