On Monday night, Trevor Noah returned from a two-week vacation. The Daily Show’s absence from the airwaves came at an unfortunate time, as the conversation surrounding the tragedy that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, could have benefited from the voices within late night’s most diverse show. Unsurprisingly, the series came prepared Tuesday to make up for lost time: Noah informed his viewers that 2017 America seems less enlightened on race than apartheid South Africa, while Roy Wood Jr. suggested white supremacists “take that shit to Oakland and see what happens.”
“Like the sun, we briefly disappeared,” Noah said Monday night. “The show was off for two weeks, and I’m not going to lie: my goal for the time we were off was just to have a vacation. I was like, ‘With everything going on in America, it’s just getting too much.’ I just wanted to escape the racial tension—so I went to South Africa.”
There, however, Noah found little relaxation, as President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence in the South African parliament on Tuesday. With a week left in his vacation, Noah opted to return to the States. “Turns out, I left the third world and landed in the Third Reich,” Noah quipped.
“I know that this happened a week ago,” Noah said of the violence in Charlottesville and Donald Trump’s horrifying response, “but I’m not going to lie; I’m still processing everything. First of all, a racist neo-Nazi killed a peacefully protesting woman with his car. The president of the United States defended the neo-Nazis that that dude was marching with. And this is the thing: it’s not once but twice.”
Even in apartheid South Africa, Noah said, when a Nazi party formed, the government denounced it: “but today in America, we’re not even at that point. Seven months into his term—41 months to go, by the way—and the president of the United States has officially legitimized white supremacists, basically saying, ‘we need to see things from the Nazis’ point of view.’ You know, march a mile in their boots.” Even more shockingly, according to a poll, 67 percent of Republicans agree with the way that Trump responded to Charlottesville. “Here’s the thing,” Noah continued, ”if so many of Trump’s supporters are willing to give Nazis the benefit of the doubt, then clearly anything goes. There’s no line that they won’t cross, and clearly, no cross that they won’t burn.”
Wood, on the other hand, was not particularly surprised by any of this. At least he also found an upshot: the supposed “master race” is wasting its shot at power.
“They’ve got a man on the inside, but all the stupid shit they’re doing is just bringing heat on him,” Wood explained. “Trump’s trying to give them the hook-up. This is not how you treat a hook-up!”
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