Jon Stewart admitted the mistake he made when Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for president in 2015.
At the time, the host of “The Daily Show” thought the reality TV personality was a comedic “godsend.”
But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, Stewart said he misjudged, failing to consider that “Trump’s certainty, his ridicule, his impudence is what made him dangerous.”
“I thought that made him a jester, and I thought that was what would disqualify him,” said Stewart, whose new Apple TV + show “The Problem With Jon Stewart” debuts on September 30.
“What that made him was the perfect ship,” Stewart continued. “You have to be shameless to do shameful things. “
“I’m not saying he’s the same as these characters, but the most dangerous characters are the ones that seem comical and absurd,” added Stewart. “Saddam Hussein seems absurd. Muammar Gaddafi would stand in a caftan and look like crazy. “
Read Stewart’s full interview with The Hollywood Reporter here.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.