In the first few weeks of 2017, Stewart famously predicted the election of a woman as president.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a time in American history when we’ve had two women president,” he said.
“It’s just the kind of thing that would be funny if we were just talking about it.
I’ll never make that mistake twice.”
This year, he has spoken at more than a hundred events, including a speech at the United Nations.
But this time he wasn’t so sure about a possible third presidential run.
In January, Stewart made a surprise appearance at the Women in the World Summit in New York City.
“And I thought to myself, ‘You know, it seems like every time there’s a women in the White House, it’s the worst,'” he told a crowd.
“So I just sort of went on a date and just did it.”
In the weeks following, he began to question whether he should be part of the conversation.
“Is this going to happen again?
And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ ” he told the New York Times.
“When the woman president is on the ticket, I’m gonna be there.”
“Weirdly, she was the one who made the first run,” he continued.
“Because that’s the way things go.”
But he was convinced he was going to win again.
“If I was on the stage, I would not be making that prediction,” he told reporters.
“The one thing I did say is, I have no regrets.
I have never made a mistake twice.
And I know it sounds strange, but I am a very happy man.”
Stewart also addressed a crowd of supporters in Washington on February 12.
“This is an American moment,” he announced.
“We are not a nation of whiners.
We are not America of losers.
We have never had two presidents in office.”
He added, “We do have a new president.
We do have an administration that’s going to do a lot of things.
We’ve got a new Congress.”
He also told a roomful of his most devoted supporters in D.C.: “We don’t need a second term of an incompetent, self-serving, racist, sexist, xenophobic, racist president.
This country needs a new President.”
He then made his first of several predictions, saying, “I think we are going to elect a woman president.
She’s going on a four-day tour of the United States.
I think she’s going, ‘It’s not a bad country.
It’s not an awful country.
I’m just really happy to be here.'”
And he was right.
In a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, a majority of Americans (54 percent) said that “Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person for the office of president they’ve ever seen,” and the majority of Republicans agreed (58 percent).
Stewart’s prediction was a disappointment to many.
“He’s the most honest, least-selfish person I’ve ever known,” said Sarah Kliff of Washington, DC.
“But I don.
I’ve never seen a woman run for president.”
Others questioned the logic of his prediction.
“For a guy who has never run for office before, he had no idea what was going on in the world,” said Susan Johnson, a retired professor who runs the Political Research Associates polling institute.
“You can’t get past this and expect him to know how things are going.”
And in a speech that went viral on Twitter, Stewart said, “It would be really hard for me to say I was disappointed, because I was confident in my predictions.
“Until we get some serious polling that comes back, I’ll say I’m not a fan of that.” “
In terms of my own personal future, I guess I’m going to have to sort of hold off on trying to make the prediction that I’d have to make for the rest of my life,” he added.
“Until we get some serious polling that comes back, I’ll say I’m not a fan of that.”
The prediction proved prophetic.
The next day, Stewart told his audience that he had been wrong about the election.
“A lot of people are saying to me, ‘I think I’ve been wrong before,'” he said, with a laugh.
“That’s why you need to make it real.
Make it real for the people who are really pissed off.”
Stewart is not the only political pundit to be predicting a woman’s second presidential run this year.
The conservative commentator and conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham predicted that “the first lady of the free world is going to become the first lady and the second lady of Russia is going and the president is going.”
Stewart said that he was wrong.
“There’s no way I’m seeing that happening,” he later told MSNBC.
“Not in my lifetime.”
He admitted, “that’s a lot to take