Trevor Noah: Trump Cut Three Vital Words from His Crazed Arizona Rally


With hosts including Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers off this week, Trevor Noah has been left to carry the bulk of late night’s political commentary—which is lucky for him, because there’s been plenty to talk about. On Wednesday night, the Daily Show host dug into material that, on any other week, would have caused a comedic pile-on: Donald Trump’s unhinged Arizona rally. As Noah put it, the event drew “a line around the block, like somebody was releasing a racist sneaker”—and Trump supporters hoping for “fire and fury” certainly did not go home disappointed.

After recapping the president’s various crazed comments, including his declaration that he will shut down the government if that’s what it takes to build a border wall, Noah echoed the snarky refrain that has become a liberal mainstay: “I’m so glad we didn’t elect an irrational woman as president,” he said. “I really am. Like, who is this person?”

Trump saved his most venomous comments for railing against the media, which he said did not give him due credit for what the president seemed to think was a pitch-perfect response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. As Trump put it, “I said everything. I hit them with neo-Nazi. I hit them with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi, I got them all in there. Let’s see. K.K.K.? We have K.K.K. I got ‘em!”

“He sounds less like a president and more like an angry waiter arguing about an order that he got wrong,” Noah quipped. “‘I got you the neo-Nazis! I got you the fries! I got you the K.K.K.! What more do you want?!’“

“Here’s the thing, though,” Noah continued. “While Trump was so furiously accusing the media of selectively reporting what he said, he was selectively reporting what he said.” As he then pointed out, when Trump was repeating his initial statement about Charlottesville Tuesday night, the president made the egregious decision to elide the fact that he had condemned violence “on many sides”—the comment that so incensed his detractors in the first place.

“Leaving out ‘on many sides’ erases the context of what happened,” Noah said. “Like in any story, if you remove a crucial piece of information, of course the story will change. Like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, if you remove the chocolate factory, now Willy Wonka is just a pedophile. You’re like, ‘Why does this guy have these kids in his house?’ But you add the chocolate, and you’re like, ‘I hope he’ll let my kids visit him!’ Context, people!”

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