On Monday night, Trevor Noah weighed in on President Trump‘s remarks attacking NFL players that kneel during the national anthem.
“Just so we’re on the same page,” Noah began, “when Nazis were protesting in Charlottesville, Trump said ‘some of these were’very fine people’… but then when black football players protest peacefully by taking a knee during the anthem, he calls them ‘sons of b**ches who should be fired?’ Now look, I don’t know if Trump is racist, but I do know he definitely prefers white people to black people. I could say that with confidence.”
He then insisted if Trump’s “greatest concern” is the disrespecting of the American flag, then the Confederate flag should “really piss him off.”
“That’s like waving a picture of your ex around,” Noah quipped.
The Daily Show host then called the president’s demands that someone be fired for saying something he didn’t like “dictator-y.”
“But you do realize that up until this weekend, the knee had nothing to do with the president, nothing at all to do with Trump! At all!” Noah exclaimed. “Colin Kaepernick started kneeling back when Obama was in office. This had nothing to do with Donald Trump. And luckily, to the NFL’s credit, they stood up to the Bully in Chief.”
He then mocked Trump’s assurance that this had “nothing to do with race.”
“These players aren’t trying to disrespect the country… They’re trying to peacefully protest police treatment of black people in America,” Noah continued. “If they wanted to disrespect the country, they wouldn’t kneel silently. They’d do crazy things like insult gold star families or make fun of POWs like John McCain or say that America is morally equivalent to [Vladimir] Putin‘s Russia. That’s the kind of sh*t they would do if they were trying to disrespect the country.”
Noah concluded that because Trump called out Kaepernick “in a way that he never did to the Nazis in Charlottesville” that this had “everything to do with race.”
Watch the clip above, via Comedy Central.
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