Daily Show host Trevor Noah mocked Republicans’ anti-refugee stance on Tuesday, taking particular aim at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee complained that people fleeing the violence in Syria would be better off being placed outside the US, since their religion is “not that common here” and having them in the country would “create a disruption.”
“Mike Huckabee makes a good point: can you imagine if people started coming to America from all over the world, bringing their different languages, cultures, and religions, mixing and changing the culture that’s already here until it becomes something totally new,” Noah said. “What kind of country would this be? But you know what, Mike Huckabee? I understand you — as someone whose family has been here for generations, as a … Native American, you can say, I can see why this idea would frighten you.”
The GOP presidential candidate’s remarks, Noah said, were part of the final stage of conservative grief following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris: “Just say something really batsh*t crazy.” Huckabee, who is languishing in ninth place in the Republican field, also said Americans should “wake up and smell the falafel” in response to the threat posed by groups like the Islamic State.
“There are a few things wrong with that statement,” the host explained. “Number one, falafel is not a breakfast food; number two, it doesn’t really smell like anything; and number three, the racism.”
Watch Noah’s commentary, as posted online on Tuesday, below.