Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart said in a recent wide-ranging interview with The New York Times Magazine that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE believes himself to be immune from consequences, likening him to a “malevolent Mr. Magoo.”

"His is a recklessness born of experience," said Stewart, a longtime critic of Trump who stepped down from the Comedy Central staple in 2015, as the New York real estate mogul's presidential campaign was heating up.

“He’s like a malevolent Mr. Magoo. He always knows the I-beam is going to swing down and the building is going to collapse — but who cares, because he’ll walk out unscathed. That’s what he has learned.”


Stewart responded "no" when asked if he regretted not now having the platform that he had as host of "The Daily Show."

“Action is conversation, and I’ve taken more action in the last four or five years than I ever have in my life. Sometimes that action can speak more profoundly than a daily monologue. So I don’t view myself as being out of the conversation: I view myself as not having a show. And if you’re asking, Do you wish you had a show? Sometimes I do. But not the one that I had,” he said.

Stewart also addressed the recent shift in public sentiment with regard to race relations that has come with the weeks of protests that have emerged in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

“There’s not a white person out there who would want to be treated like even a successful black person in this country. And if we don’t address the why of that treatment, the how is just window dressing,” Stewart said, adding that he thought issues within policing are reflective of a broader reality in the U.S. “The policing is an issue, but it’s the least of it. We use the police as surrogates to quarantine these racial and economic inequalities so that we don’t have to deal with them.”