Daily Show host Trevor Noah accepted Ben Carson’s challenge on Monday and sunk the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that then-Sen. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign was treated with kid gloves by the press.
“Yeah, so they vetted Obama to the point where they questioned whether he was a legitimate natural-born American citizen,” Noah observed. “But at least no one ever accused Obama of not stabbing a guy.”
Noah played a montage of news anchors and commentators speculating on everything from the nature of Obama’s relationships with Bill Ayers and Pastor Jeremiah Wright to his drug use in college to his “true identity,” which flew in the face of Carson’s statement last week that he did “not remember this level of scrutiny” being thrust upon Obama.
Since Carson recently released a rap single promoting his campaign, Noah said, it was natural for him to be concerned about maintaining his “street cred” — to the point where he was defending himself from accusations that he had not stabbed and attacked people in his youth.
“Maybe it’s me or where I’m from, but this sh*t is weird,” Noah said. “The media is saying, ‘Those rumors about you having a clean record and you being an upstanding member of society, those things are true.’ And Ben Carson’s like, ‘Bullsh*t! I’m dangerous and I tried to kill people and I’m a bad person and I should be president.’ What world are we living in?”
Even if he “sounds” right, Noah said, he was starting to wonder whether Carson’s stories are actually true.
“Maybe it’s just the way he remembered it: ‘Did I say I separated conjoined twins? I meant to say I separated a conjoined Twix,'” Noah said.
Watch Noah’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.