Daily Show host Trevor Noah enlisted the aid of analyst Desi Lydic on Wednesday to pick apart some of the rhetoric from Republican candidates Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Donald Trump, after noting that many analysts said Tuesday’s GOP debate had more substance.
“[It] is true, because bullsh*t is also a substance,” Noah said.
Lydic debunked Carson on two fronts, starting with his assertion that “people need to be educated on the minimum wage,” which he used to argue that joblessness increases when the minimum wage is raised.
“This statement is true: people do need to be educated on the minimum wage — specifically you,” she said. “In the last 37 years, the number of jobless people has decreased four times after raising the minimum wage. I’m rating his statement as ‘false.’ Or as Dr. Ben Carson calls it, ‘autobiographical.'”
She later revealed that the former neurosurgeon omitted one major factor in the US encouraging “entrepreneurial risk-taking and capital investment” within 100 years of gaining its independence from Britain.
“That is true — by 1872, the United States had the highest domestic economic output in the world — thanks to what Ben Carson calls ‘an atmosphere of entrepreneurial risk-taking and investment,’ which is a really nice way to describe slavery,” she said.
Lydic also tore down both sides of Fiorina’s and Trump’s dueling anecdotes regarding meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump was correct in saying that the two men appeared on the same episode of 60 Minutes, she noted, but failed to mention that their segments were taped on two separate continents.
Fiorina, on the other hand, boasted that she did not meet him in a “green room for a show.” But Lydic showed footage of her telling NBC’s Jimmy Carson that she encountered the Russian leader in a “sort of a green room,” but for a conference in Beijing.
“Sorry, Carly — that’s a video that actually exists,” Lydic said.
Watch the analysis, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed
Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.
The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.
"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.
"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.
Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP
Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.
Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.
"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."
Don Lemon lists ‘manipulative garbage’ Trump uses to exploit his supporters’ ignorance
CNN host Don Lemon thinks that President Donald Trump is using issues like race to manipulate his voters into voting against their own interest.
In his opening commentary, Lemon showed the clip of Trump's supporters chanting "send her back" at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Somali immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was just 12 years old.
He then cited a tweet that Trump sent out earlier Wednesday.
"New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that "Trump" numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50 percent. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020," Trump tweeted.