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’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."