- “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”/Comedy Central
Trevor Noah believes that Donald Trump should be judged by the company he keeps, or at least the leaders he admires.
On Wednesday, the Republican presidential nominee and his team were forced to deny having any association, financial or otherwise, to the Russian government, as suspicion arose when Trump encouraged Russian hackers to release Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously expressed mutual admiration numerous times. And Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, used to work for a Ukrainian ally of Putin. On top of that, there are reports that Trump has become increasingly reliant on Russian money from wealthy sources close to Putin.
Noah pointed out on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show” that Manafort called the accusations of ties to Russian money “absurd,” which is also the word Manafort used to describe the accusations that Melania Trump plagiarized part of her Republican National Convention speech from Michelle Obama. Later, one of Melania’s speechwriters took responsibility for copying lines from Obama’s speech.
“It’s smart, actually, because when you think about it, ‘absurd’ doesn’t mean untrue,” Noah said of Manafort’s responses. “It just means ridiculous. Platypuses are absurd, but they still exist. So, Manafort is right. He isn’t saying the Russia accusations are false. He’s just acknowledging that all of this is bats— crazy.”
Noah said he was perplexed with how much Trump got away with saying and with Trump’s candidacy in general.
“Donald Trump is almost like global warming right now,” the host said. “People are trying to deny that it’s real. They think it is something we can worry about later. But it is happening right now. And it also involves a lot of cow s—.”
Noah then said the presidential race shouldn’t even be a contest. He said if Clinton were selected, the “worst-case scenario” would be a bad president for four years. But the comedian warned of something far more dire if Trump were president.
“These are his role models,” the host said while pointing to on-screen photos of Trump next to Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
“And these people, once they’re in power, they don’t go away,” Noah continued. “You don’t get a chance to vote them out in four years. Their rule ends when the country ends. So to all the people out there considering voting for Trump, I hope you enjoy your vote. Because on days like this, you realize this could be the very last vote you will ever get.”
Watch the segment below: