Trevor Noah reacted pretty much the way everyone else did to Donald Trump’s bizarre explanation for the remarks he made about Russia during a press conference with Vladimir Putin: “Get the f–k outta here, man.”
On Monday, Trump stunned Democrats and Republicans alike when he said he believes Putin’s claim that Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 presidential election. “My people came to me… they said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said. “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be….”
But after almost a day of widespread condemnation for what was characterized as basically taking the side of another country against his own, Trump attempted to calm the situation by claiming that in fact, he meant the exact opposite. “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’ and the sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double-negative,” Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah wasn’t having it, and needed to make a correction of his own. “I actually believe Trump on this,” Noah said. “Hold on, sorry, let me check my notes. I’m sorry, what I meant to say was ‘get the f— out of here, man.’
“The president and his team had 24 hours — 24 hours to come up with a reason why Trump took Russia’s side against America,” Noah continued, “and the best they could come up with was ‘nuh-uh?'”
Noah noted that if Trump’s opposite day defense flies with critics and his own party, it could apply to any of the offensive remarks he’s made over the years. “Just change a few words, you could be like, ‘Mexicans they’re bringing therapists, therapists. I forgot the ‘the’ folks,'” said Noah.
That could include Trump supporters like Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who used the n-word on a business conference call. “Now I’m just waiting for Papa John to say, ‘Me too guys, I said niggn’t. Who wants pizza!,'” Noah concluded. Watch the whole clip above.