On Thursday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah again talked about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the United States Supreme Court on “The Daily Show,” and its depressing long-term effects.
“Goddamn, this is so crazy,” Noah said after a clip of Trump saying he needs to pick a SCOTUS nominee who will hold the position for “40” or “45 years.”
“You realize, regardless of what happens in his presidency now, Donald Trump will leave a mark on this country for decades to come. It’s not going to go away. It’s like he’s giving Americas judicial herpes. You realize his court picks will be around for so long, they’ll be ruling on major legal questions way into the future, like whether Elon Musk can marry his robot slaves,” Noah continued. “We don’t know where it’s going to go. I can handle the idea of Donald Trump being president for a few years. What blows my mind is that he will be able to fundamentally reshape America for generations.”
While the idea of Trump getting a second SCOTUS nominee has flummoxed progressives, Noah noted the cold truth: Right now, Democrats don’t have the votes to block it. But for a glimmer of hope, Noah brought out “Daily Show” “senior political optimist” Hassan Minhaj, who mined movie nostalgia for some tips to fight back.
“If you have ever watched ‘The Mighty Ducks,’ you know that this is the part of the movie where they get the pep talk from Emilio Estevez, and come back with the power move to win it all!” Minhaj said, leading the audience in a chant of “Quack! Quack! Quack!” until Noah stopped him.
When pressed about how Democrats might actually block Trump’s nominee, Minhaj had some out-of-the-box ideas: they could put tin foil in Senate printer paper trays to jam them; they could filibuster the lunch line to crash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blood sugar; or they could mess up Republicans by changing the Senate Wi-Fi password.
“Just make it ‘I Love Ted Cruz,’ no one would guess that!” Minhaj said. “And even if they did, who would want to type that? I felt gross just saying it.”
“You know, I admire your optimism, but that’s not going to help us,” Noah told him. Watch the clip above.