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Alex Trebek: 2016 race ‘disappointing on both sides’


“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says the 2016 presidential election has been “very disappointing on both sides.”

The longtime game show host, though, told The Hill he still has hope that the democratic process will put the best candidate in the White House.

“What you have to realize is this is democracy in action,” Trebek said Saturday in Washington. “So we should not be too upset, because an important element of our society is being manifested. This is the way it was supposed to be.”

{mosads}Trebek was in Washington, D.C., to tape a special “Power Players” edition of “Jeopardy!” at the DAR Constitution Hall this weekend with various politicians, celebrities and journalists all competing for charity.

He added that GOP front-runner Donald Trump had shaken up the entire process.

“The fact that Donald Trump is running on the Republican side has changed the dynamics of the entire primary season,” Trebek said. “He has been extremely outspoken; he has generated an enormous amount of publicity. So it is different.”

Trebek said he is not as a registered Democrat or Republican, describing himself as “an independent … interested in politics.”

He said he hopes the country winds up “with somebody like an FDR as president,” or a leader who “will inspire people and not somebody whose negativity will take us all down.”

Trebek has hosted more than 7,000 episodes of “Jeopardy!” over the last three decades. He was born in Canada but became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998 and now lives in Studio City, Calif.

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