Donald Trump’s press conference on Thursday was the gift that keeps on giving, especially 0n late-night TV.
On the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the host slowly took on Trump’s many lies.
Early in the press conference, Trump was “called out” for falsely claiming that he had the biggest electoral college margin since Ronald Reagan.
“You don’t even need numbers to understand this,” Noah said. “All you need to know is the map with the two colors, that’s all you need to know.” When Trump was corrected on his facts, his excuse was, “I was given that information.”
“Oh damn!” Noah exclaimed. “I don’t know who that reporter is (it was NBC News’ Peter Alexander), but he just shoved Trump’s face in that like it was a pile of bullshit and he was training a bad dog. ‘Look at you did! Look at it! Bad Trump!’”
“You’re the president,” he continued. “That’s the information you were given? If you can’t trust your president to get the right information on a Googlable fact, then can you really trust him with the harder stuff? Which, by the way, is everything else the president of the United States has to deal with.”
Noah knew Trump’s “battle with the media” was getting to him, because by the end of the marathon session, he was “begging for a softball.” He thought he had one in Jake Turx, a reporter with the Jewish magazine Ami. But then Turx asked a question about a rise in anti-Semitic attacks that Trump thought wasn’t “fair.”
“Beyond Trump’s completely botched attempt at reassuring the Jewish community, what’s even more striking in that interaction, is you have a president of a democracy who thinks press is only valid when they ask him easy questions, questions that he likes. In his mind, he deserves it.”
Besides, Noah added, “That’s an easy question: ‘What are you going to do about anti-Semitism?’ We’re going to stamp it out. Done. That’s all you have to say. That’s the softest ball possible. A matzoh ball, if you will.”
Trump is an “equal opportunity offender,” Noah said, also saving some time for “the blacks” in his press conference, most notably when he asked an African-American reporter if she could help set up a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Are they friends of yours? Are they?” Noah said, echoing Trump. “Did you all grow up h in the hood together, huh? And while you’re at it, I’ve been trying to get in touch with Frederick Douglass, can you invite him to the meeting, too? He embarrassed me bigly.”