Most Americans are used to the idea of politicians trying to manipulate the truth to their advantage. But as Trevor Noah pointed out on Tuesday night, Donald Trump is different. The president-elect doesn’t just take facts out of context, he seems to create whole new realities — and journalists continue to follow him down the rabbit hole.
“I believe that Donald Trump has created his own universe,” Noah said. “Within that universe, he takes a made-up idea, throws it at us in the real world, and whether we can prove him wrong or not, it doesn’t matter. We’ve lost. Because now, we’re in his universe … He could tweet anything. He could tweet that goblins are faster than unicorns, and the next day the news would lose their minds. CNN would bring out a hologram unicorn, Don Lemon would host a panel where people would argue about goblins, and after all that Trump would just tweet that the news is bad at journalism because they can’t prove their claims — claims no one could prove because Trump invented them.”
Noah has an idea, though. If Trump is going to act like a “toddler,” making up his own facts, the Daily Show host suggests the media treat him like one.
“You don’t argue with a toddler if you want to win,” Noah said. “Don’t amplify the toddler’s voice, because you’ll just get trapped in the toddler’s world. Rather, just keep asking the toddler to elaborate. Because logic is the downfall of every toddler.”
Watch the clip below.