Trevor Noah has strong words for Donald Trump, who during Monday’s presidential debate opposite Hillary Clinton said he was “smart” for not paying federal income taxes. “I found this very lucrative financial loop hole called crime. Vote for me,” Noah said on Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, mocking Trump.
During the debate, Clinton hit at Trump for not releasing his tax returns. “Maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax,” she said.
“That makes me smart,” Trump replied.
“I’m sorry, what?” Noah said after playing the back-and-forth on the Daily Show. “Dude, taxes are a responsibility, not something to evade. You’re running to be the No. 1 citizen of a country, you shouldn’t brag about ways you found ways to get around the rules. He’s like, ‘Oh, that makes me smart. See what I did there? Screwed over the American people by not paying my fair share. Vote for me! Vote for me! See what I did there? I duped you all. You can’t see me. I found a way around the rules.’ You know who else found a way around the rules? O.J., no one likes him.”
While the remark was denounced on social media during a debate watched by millions of people, Trump claimed afterward that it didn’t happen. According to NBC, Trump told reporters he “didn’t say that at all” when asked about the taxes comment.
Watch Noah discuss the debate below.