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WATCH: Trevor Noah busted for stealing Dave Chappelle’s ‘racism connoisseur’ joke

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Trevor Noah has been telling a joke that sounds remarkably similar to one that Dave Chappelle told nearly 20 years ago.

The new “Daily Show” host has been accused of stealing joke in the past, but The Hollywood Reporter pointed to a standup routine he performed Saturday that was closely similar to material once performed by another Comedy Central star.

“Before I came to America, I thought I knew all kinds of racism,” Noah said during a 20-minute routine at Politicon in Los Angeles. “I’ve always considered myself something of a racism connoisseur. I appreciate the finer racism. Not to say I appreciate all racism, but a finer racism.”

Chappelle also described himself as a “racism connoisseur” during an HBO special that aired in January 1998, and other jokes from that same routine showed up slightly altered in Noah’s material.

Noah, who is from South Africa, jokes that he appreciated “blatant racism,” because “you know exactly where you stand,” and he recalled such an encounter he allegedly had.

“Charming racism in America changed my life,” Noah said. “I discovered it in a place called Lexington, Kentucky. Probably one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been — charming, friendly people. Racism with a smile and a tip of the hat … I was walking through the streets, a man walked up to me, didn’t know me from a bar of soap, came straight up to me and looked me dead in the eye, and he was like, ‘Good afternoon, n****r.’ ‘Good afternoon.’ I’ve never seen racism with a smile. I didn’t know what to do. He just said it like it was a fact. As if I fought him, he would have been like, ‘What, didn’t you know?'”

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Compare Noah’s routine, which The Hollywood Reporter pointed out he had performed multiple times over the summer, with Chappelle’s.

“Traveling has made me a racism connoisseur, if you will,” Chappelle joked 17 years ago. “You know, it’s different region to region. Anyone ever been down South? So you guys know what I’m talking about.”

Chappelle describes southern racism as “f*cking perfect,” punctuated by the bon appetit gesture.

“(It’s) stewed to a perfection, it’s conformable, it’s out in the open,” Chappelle joked. “There are no secrets in Mississippi, everybody knows the deal. ‘Morning, n****r!’ ‘Morning, sir!’ Not up here. Here in the big cities, it’s a secret, and we should be like them. We should keep our sh*t out in the open and vent a little — I mean with limits. You don’t want to say whatever comes to your mind, that might be a little much. White dude be walking down the street minding his business and a brother walk up to him: ‘Hello, you white oppressor, you slave-master rapist of Africa.’ ‘Why hello, my big-lips, spear-chucking friend.'”

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Canadian comedian Russell Peters previously accused Noah of stealing jokes from himself and David Kau, although he later backtracked and said his claims were just a “prank.”

Representatives for Noah, Comedy Central, Chappelle and Peters declined to comment on the report.

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140804748423118848

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Trump seethes and calls Fox ‘fake news’ after seeing a story that made him mad

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Trouble appears to be brewing between President Donald Trump and the cable news station he loves: Fox News.

In a tweet Monday night, the president lashed out at the network over its polling and called it “fake news’ — an epithet he usually reserves for mainstream outlets:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140768516288782336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz, who has previously noted that Trump appears to record news segments and watch them a few hours later, suggested that the president appeared to be reacting to an earlier segment from Special Report with Bret Baier. The segment showed that, even according to Fox News’ polling, Trump trails every single leading candidate in the Democratic field in head-to-head matchups.

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