Hasan Minhaj reveals why Trump's travel ban is no surprise and reveals its unexpected benefit
The news of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries sent shockwaves throughout the world this weekend. For the second time in less than two weeks, protests against the Republican and his policies broke out in full force, this time at airports across the country. But for Muslim Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, Trump’s fulfillment of what many assumed would be a hollow campaign promise not only came as no surprise but also included an unexpected benefit, which he addressed on the show Monday night.
“I’m not surprised. In the past, America has had lots of issues with Muslims and immigrations,” he told host Trevor Noah before citing the Muslim-targeted policies of presidents’ past. “But Trump is taking this thing to a whole new level. I mean, those other presidents were just dipping their toes in the pool. Now Trump straight up did a cannonball and felt up the lifeguard.”
Though Noah reminded Minhaj that since he is a citizen of the United States, the ban does not technically affect him, Minhaj was ready with a perfect pop culture quip to help give Noah a sense of where the chaos could be headed.
“[It doesn’t affect me] yet! We’re on day 11, man,” he said. “Where do you think this is going to go? It’s like watching the first episode of Breaking Bad thinking, ‘Oh, it’s just a science teacher cooking meth. It can’t get any crazier.’ But it does!”
While it may seem Minhaj would have no problem declaring his hatred for Trump, his experience this weekend at JFK airport seemed to give a new sense of clarity amid the chaos.
“Usually, being a Muslim in an airport sucks. But this weekend, it was like I was The Weeknd,” he said. “How can I hate Trump right now? How? How can I do it? Just look at what he’s done at the airport. White women were turning their scarves into hajibs. Muslims were publicly praying and people were cheering them on… Here’s the beautiful irony. For years, Donald Trump has been terrified about the spread of Islam in America. Well congratulations, Mr. President. Mission accomplished.”
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