Comedian Sarah Silverman hasn’t held back when it comes to her dislike for President Donald Trump. But with her new show on Hulu, “I Love You, America,” Silverman hopes to reach out to Americans who voted for Trump as well as the rest of the country.
“When we’re divided, we’re easily controlled,” she said on the show. “So the challenge for us is to resist divisiveness and try to see ourselves in each other just as best we can.”
On today’s show, Glenn commended Silverman’s goal of trying to bring people together instead of further dividing them. But he added a caveat: You can only build bridges with the opposite team after you’ve held your own side accountable.
“I agree with her; however, it doesn’t work if you’re only going to single out the other side,” Glenn said. “You have to single out your side.”
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GLENN: So comedian Sarah Silverman, who is an outspoken opponent of I think everything, at least everything that is conservative, says that she — she considered stockpiling food and weapons last November because of Donald Trump.
Now, listen to this.
SARAH: When it was finally official and Trump had won, I felt something I had never felt before, which was this overwhelming survival-based fear. You know, I had the sudden urge to buy a gun and stockpile water and weapons and canned guns. And in an instant, I became like a liberal doomsday prepper. And for the first time, I felt an actual kinship to the far right militia person who, you know, thought Obama would end the world. But I realized, it’s that. It’s that feeling of fear that makes us the same. You know, we are, all of us, both paralyzed and motivated by fear. We fear the unknown.
And that’s why Trump’s campaign was so effective. He took our fears and our rage, and he gave us a place to put it all. And that place was each other.
And when we’re divided, we’re easily controlled, right? So the challenge for all of us is to resist divisiveness and try to see ourselves in each other, just as best we can.
GLENN: Okay. So I think this is a really good thing. It’s a good first step. But will she go as far and say, “And so I’ve reflected on what perhaps we have done on our side?”
And, you know, placing the fear of that’s just the way white people will do you. Did she reflect on that?
Because I agree with her. However, it doesn’t work if you’re only going to single out the other side. You have to single out your side.
STU: Yeah. Because, I mean, you’ve said things similar to what she’s saying there.
GLENN: Yes. I’ve said — right after the election, I said, look, we have an opportunity because they, for the first time, feel as though the entire country and our civilization could slide off the cliff, where they thought that was insane before. They now know how fragile things are, and they are afraid of the same thing you are afraid of, for the opposite reason.
STU: And my instinct hearing that, knowing Sarah Silverman and what she said over the past several years is to dismiss it. Because, well, are you even — it’s so inconsistent to where she has been and the things she has said publicly about politics recently.
But, I mean, A, I should resist that instinct, right?
STU: If she’s changed — if she’s decided she did things wrong in the past, great. But you’re right, you have to take that additional step. People dismissed you when you said things like that.
GLENN: But I took the initial step.
STU: You took the initial step to say, look, I’ve done things that I don’t like, in the middle of this. You take responsibility for whatever you can find that you feel that you may have done wrong.
GLENN: Yeah. And you have to do that. You have to do that before you do the other side.
GLENN: You have to say, look, I’m going to take on my own side, I want to take on me, before I even take on my own side. I will take on me. What am I responsible for? How did I miss it? What did I do?
And, quite honestly, I think be generous on the give yourself an extra helping of, you know, I made mistakes.
STU: Yeah. Like think of the border thing for a minute. If the left came to you and they said — they’re always saying, we need to let these people who are illegals become legals. Become citizens. You have to give them passes on their illegal activity from before.
And if they came to you, not and just said it, but actually secured the border and actually went through and there were no new illegal immigrants coming in and they were arresting the ones that tried. And they were very — like they actually took steps on their own —
GLENN: I would be for it. I would be for it.
STU: I don’t know that I would be for it, but you would at least consider it, right?
GLENN: I would be willing to say, okay. We’re not going to call more problems by doing this. Because we have — and I would need something physical. Because I wouldn’t believe that the next guy is coming in and he’s —
GLENN: You build a wall — the only reason why I want a wall is because I don’t believe that the presidents will be consistent from one to the next. And so if you actually secured our nation and you actually took it seriously, then I would — I would seriously consider that.
STU: Yeah. And if they said —
GLENN: But not until.
STU: — look, this is our fault. We were the ones that were really light on border security. That’s why these people are. We realize now it is a problem. But as everyone will admit, there are people here that seemingly have lasted multiple decades and haven’t been committing additional crimes. Maybe they’re okay. Let’s talk about those people.
GLENN: Yep. I would be there.
STU: Especially if you take responsibility for the problem. It was our fault, because we didn’t allow you to have border security because we kept saying you were racists.
STU: If they came to you with that sort of pitch, at least you would consider it.
GLENN: Yes. Absolutely. And I think most Americans would.
GLENN: It’s just, it requires both sides to own it. And none of them are going to own it.
So here’s a story: Late June, President Trump hosted a group of Native American tribal leaders at the White House and urged them to, quote, just do it. And extract whatever they want from the land they control.
The exchange turned out to be an unusual vivid window into almost kingly power that Donald Trump sees himself as holding, which he has begun describing with increasing bluntness.
This scene was recounted by a source in the room and confirmed by another at the White House. The White House has not disputed this story. The chiefs explained to Trump that there was regulatory barriers preventing from getting at their own energy. Trump said, but it’s me. The government is different now. Obama is done. And we’re doing things differently here.
There was a pause in the room. And the tribal leaders looked at each other.
Chief, chief, Trump continued, addressing one of the tribal leaders. What are they going to do? Once you get it out of the ground, are they going to make you put it back in there? I mean, once it’s out of the ground, it can’t get back in there. You just got to do it. I’m telling you chief, you just got to do it.
The tribal leaders looked back at one of the White House officials in the room, perhaps somebody from the White House counsel’s office could answer: Can we just do that?
The official equivocated, saying the administration is making progress and has a plan to roll back various regulations.
Trump interjected again: Guys, I feel like you’re not hearing me right now. We’ve got to just do it. I feel like we have no other choice. Countries are doing it. China is not asking questions about all this stuff. They’re just doing it. Guys, just do it.
Okay. So this is what the left fears. And this is what the right fears.
The right fears somebody who is going to say, just take these rights away. Just do it. I know we can’t — just do it. I’m here. It’s different now.
No. There are laws. Now, the left is afraid of a president who will just tell the Indian chiefs or somebody else, just do it.
No. Where we’re supposed to come together is not on the man or the party, but the principle. There is a law, the president is not a king, you don’t just do it.
You don’t pass it to find out what’s inside it. You don’t lie to the American people to sell stuff. And you don’t just do it through executive order or just because you say so.
We’re a nation of laws, not of men. And the idea that we have to arm ourselves against a — an out-of-control government, because that’s what she’s saying.
Now all of a sudden I understand guns. Well, I could say back to Sarah, well, wait a minute, Sarah. Are you going to fight the tanks? Are you going to fight the missiles? Are you going to fight the drones? Because that’s what they always say.
Yeah, if I have to. If it’s a fascistic government, yes. If it’s a totalitarian government, yes.
If it’s a religiously — a religious totalitarian government? Yes. If it’s an atheist totalitarian government? Yes. If it’s a constitutional government, based on this Constitution? No. No, I’m not.
Because I have nothing to fear from that government. But we are not that government. And we are not moving in the direction that strengthens that government. We are moving away from that government.
And this is where the left and the right should be able to come together. I don’t want to regulate you. Don’t you regulate me.