Unless you were living under a rock on Tuesday, you undoubtedly heard plenty about GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump saying he wants to see a ban on all Muslims entering into the United States. His rhetoric was so inflammatory that even many conservative pundits seemed to have finally had enough of “The
Well, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah teed off on the “racist maniac” Trump, mocking the absurd (and illegal) suggestion that the United States should ban all Muslims from entering the country.
“Now let’s just take a second to think about what he said here,” Noah stated. “Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald J. Trump, wants to ban every single person – from the world’s second largest religion – from entering the United States of America. Every doctor and every scientist.”
He then went on to make fun of Trump’s suggestion of a “screening process” to enforce this fascism, which basically consists of a customs agent asking travelers whether or not they’re Muslim. Because, you know, a potential terrorist would definitely not know how to get around that level of intensive scrutiny and questioning.
Noah then said Trump’s proposal goes against everything for which the United States stands, accurately stating that we’re a nation which was largely founded upon people escaping religious persecution.
He went on to point out that it’s not exactly Trump’s craziness that really worries him, but the people who are proudly following and supporting his brand of crazy. This is another point I’ve emphasized. While quite a few members of the Republican party have condemned Trump’s rhetoric for months, often claiming he doesn’t represent the party’s values, I’m not sure how you make the argument that he doesn’t represent the “values” of the party when he’s the overwhelming frontrunner for your party’s presidential nomination.
Noah then brought on political correspondent Hasan Minhaj, who jokingly said Trump is right, Muslims shouldn’t be allowed in this country – it’s not safe for them here. Clearly he was alluding to the increasing number of stories where Muslims have faced harassment or mosques have been vandalized as the fear-mongering rhetoric from the Republican party continues to put innocent Muslim Americans in danger.
But then the two had a bit of an “epiphany.”
“Donald Trump is an extremist leader who came out of no where,” Minhaj stated. “He’s self-financed; recruits through social media; attracts his follows with a radical ideology to take over the world; and is actively trying to promote a war between Islam and the West.”
“Oh my god, Hasan. He’s white ISIS,” Noah said.
“That’s right Trevor,” Minhaj replied. “Donald Trump is white ISIS – Whisis.”
While I wouldn’t personally go as far as to compare Trump to ISIS (though the comparisons to fascism are definitely valid) this segment was brilliant in that it used common conservative anti-Muslim talking points against the leading Republican presidential candidate.
How all of this will ultimately impact Trump’s candidacy is anyone’s guess, but these next few polls which get released should be very telling on how far over the cuckoo’s nest conservative voters have flown.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central (in two parts):