Comedian Trevor Noah recently observed that President Donald Trump’s presidency is both funny and scary at the same time “like there’s an asteroid headed to the Earth, but it’s shaped like a penis.”
The Daily Show host told CNN’s Brian Stelter in an interview that aired on Sunday that he was not surprised to learn that Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was under investigation for possible bank fraud and other crimes.
“I said from the very beginning that Donald Trump reminds me of an African dictator,” Noah explained. “And if you know anything about African dictators, the first thing you have to do is follow the money. And you follow the money with the people closest to them: family members, business associates. All you do is watch for the money.”
According to Noah, critical thinking about the Trump administration should not end with journalists.
“I think we should be trying to build a population of people that are looking at information, that are reading into information, people who are asking questions that go beyond what they’re just told,” he said.
Noah explained that comedy is the “release valve” as “things become scarier, as the world becomes less secure.” He also predicted that Trump would be reelected in 2020.
“I think people underestimate how laser-focused Trump and his supporters are,” he argued. “I think people also underestimated how many people in America are willing to accept the adverse effects of Donald Trump as they pertain to the general discourse in America vs. the economy and how people actually feel in their daily lives.”
Noah concluded by sharing his “favorite joke” for mentally processing the Trump presidency.
“I wake up most days terrified at the notion that Donald Trump is the most powerful president in the world,” he stated. “I also wake up most days acknowledging that he’s also going to make me laugh. And that’s what’s difficult for me is that he’s an emotional paradox.”
“It’s almost like there’s an asteroid headed towards the Earth, but it’s shaped like a penis,” Noah added. “I think I’m going to die, but I know I’m going to laugh.”
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Trump fears his base will turn on him if he flips and calls for nationwide mask guidelines: CNN
On CNN Saturday, analyst Ron Brownstein outlined the key reason President Donald Trump is struggling to adapt his message to proper public health guidance on the coronavirus pandemic.
"Ron, there is a retail trade group that has asked President Trump to institute federal, nationwide mask guidelines at stores across the country as the country continues to re-open," said anchor Alex Marquardt. "Experts are saying that masks could save thousands of lives in the coming months. Do you see a scenario in which — any chance in which he would issue that?"
"I think the short answer is no, and for a revealing reason," said Brownstein. "He is in a trap of his own construction. On coronavirus, we talk all the time about how President Trump's base is bonded to him, immovably. He's also bonded to the base in the other direction, that he is very reluctant to get out crosswise with a base that includes the kind of people that showed up at the Michigan capital to protest lockdown without wearing masks and waving Confederate flags and carrying automatic weapons."
Trump balked at full pardon for Roger Stone over fears of Justice Department ‘backlash’: CNN legal analyst
President Donald Trump's former political strategist Roger Stone claims that he asked for a commutation of his prison sentence, rather than a full pardon, because a pardon would have implied an acknowledgement of guilt whereas a commutation would still allow him to seek for the original conviction to be thrown out.
But on CNN Saturday, criminal defense attorney Page Pate suggested it may have played out differently: Stone may have actually wanted a full pardon, but Trump was spooked out of offering one.
"Page, this situation, I guess, is not entirely surprising. It's been signaled for some time," said correspondent Abby Phillip. "But what is different about this, I think a lot of people were expecting a pardon here. Roger Stone said he wanted his sentence commuted because he didn't want to admit guilt. What is the significance of that?"
WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test
Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.
"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"