Trevor Noah: Donald Trump is a stand-up comedian who needs to be 'put away'
Trevor Noah once again took on Donald Trump during The Daily Show on Wednesday, hitting at the Republican presidential nominee for comments he made about “Second Amendment people” doing something to stop Hillary Clinton from picking judges for the Supreme Court.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” Trump said on Monday. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges… nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
“Holy sh–,” Noah responded after playing tape of the comments. “No matter how many times I watch it, I still can’t believe it. Donald Trump suggested people with guns do something about Hillary. A statement that has baffled the entire country, especially the Secret Service, who must be thinking to themselves, ‘Are you sh–ting me right now?’ This is the first presidential campaign in history where the secret service has had to protect candidates from each other.”
In the wake of his remarks, the official Secret Service Twitter account posted that the organization was “aware” of Trump’s statement. CNN also reported that a meeting was held between Trump’s campaign at the Secret Service. Trump, however, denied any interaction occurred, and called the CNN story a “hoax” and “totally dishonest.”
“Dishonest” was a word also used in the official Trump campaign statement on the Second Amendment comment. In a post titled “Trump Campaign Statement on Dishonest Media,” Trump’s senior communications advisor Jason Miller explained, “It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
Noah said he understood the difference of opinion around Trump’s remarks, because Trump, the host said, had become akin to the 2015 viral phenomenon The Dress.
“Every time Donald Trump speaks, it’s The Dress,” Noah said. “We’re all trying to figure out what the hell it is. No one can agree. Which is entertaining for an Instagram meme but it’s not good for a Commander in Chief. One of the most basic qualities of a president is that we know what they mean. The last thing you need is a foreign leader going, ‘Is he nuking us? Unless it was a joke, but no president would ever joke about nukes. Would they? I don’t know, better safe than sorry.'”
Trump has maintained his words were not meant in jest, but rather to spark Second Amendment supporters to the polls. Noah disagreed with that premise. “I’m not buying this. I believe Donald Trump was making a joke,” he said. “And because of the backlash, his team was trying to play it off as something else.”
From there, the Daily Show host launched into a detailed explanation of Trump’s proclivity for stand-up comedy jokes at campaign events. “You see it every single time he’s on the stage. He riffs, he roasts, he does some impersonations,” Noah said, before playing video of Trump mocking his opponents with various riffs.
“We were all spending so much time focusing on his racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and threats to democracy that we missed all the jokes. And there’s a reason we missed all the jokes: because they weren’t in the place where jokes belong,” Noah said.
He later added, “Trump may be a stand-up comedian, but the only problem is Trump supporters are not a comedy audience. For some reason, they think they’ve come to see someone who wants to run the country. They aren’t joking around.” Noah then showed clips from a widely circulated New York Times video of Trump supporters piggybacking off his rhetoric and shouting racist and sexist slurs.
“When you’re a presidential candidate with a passionate group of supporters, people tend to listen to you,” Noah said. “So here’s what I think we should do to Donald Trump. We need to put him away. Put him away in some underground, windowless room. Then, we need to build a wall — an exposed brick wall, with a mic and a crowd, where he can kill. Just not people. You know what? I think if that wall kept him focus on comedy and not the White House, I think that’s a wall Mexico would pay for.”