The 'Daily Show' host explains how gerrymandering allows Republicans and Democrats to fix the vote

By Breanne L. Heldman
August 09, 2016 at 12:47 PM EDT
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The Daily Show host Trevor Noah made quite the confession Monday night: He agrees with Donald Trump about something.

“Donald Trump said the U.S. elections are going to be rigged, and you know what? I know, like most things Donald says, it sounds crazy, but still the man is a presidential candidate — the same way this is a news show. So as a news show, we had to investigate the claims, and it turns out they’re true. Donald Trump is right,” Noah said. “We’ve uncovered evidence of election rigging throughout the system.”

Noah then launched into an explanation of gerrymandering, the practice of manipulating voter district boundaries to seek a favorable outcome for a specific party. As a news report from 2013 showed, Democratic congressional candidates received 1.1 million more votes than Republican counterparts during the 2012 election, but Republicans won 33 seats in the House. “Thanks to gerrymandering,” Noah said, “instead of voters choosing their politicians, the politicians in America choose their voters.” 

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“The more time I spend in America, the more I appreciate Africa’s simplicity, because in Africa, they still have the decency to call corruption corruption,” he added. “The more you look at it, the more you see Donald Trump is right: elections in America are rigged.”

But as Noah noted at the conclusion of his commentary, Trump has enjoyed the spoils of a potentially rigged system too. “You’ve been hearing me say it’s a rigged system, but now I don’t say it anymore because I won,” Trump said in a speech on May 5. “Now I don’t care! I don’t care.”


The segment wasn’t all about voter fraud, however: Noah kicked things off on a lighter note, highlighting a scripted speech Trump gave in Detroit where he accidentally said “titties” (when he meant to say “cities”) and another where Trump called for the removal of a crying baby from one of his events (this after saying the baby could stay).

“As comedians, he’s not even leaving us any room to make things up,” Noah quipped.

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