Trevor Noah: ‘People Underestimate How Laser-Focused Trump and His Supporters Are’


While President Donald Trump‘s election left much of the country in shock, Trevor Noah says the public doesn’t realize just how influential he and his voting base have become.

In fact, Noah thinks we should be expecting a second Trump term.

Speaking to CNN’s Brian Stelter in an interview that aired Sunday, the Daily Show host said voters have miscalculated the rise of far-right politics and its potential to grow.

“I think people underestimate how laser-focused Trump and his supporters are,” he said, discussing the possibility of re-election. “I think people also underestimate how many people in America are willing to accept the adverse effects of Donald Trump as they pertain to the general discourse in America, versus the economy and how people actually feel in their daily lives.”

“There are many people who go ‘I’m offended by Donald Trump, but I’m not affected by him,'” Noah pointed out.

He also stressed that Democrats may not be able to pull the reigns in, suggesting that the party has, in effect, impeded its own success.

“I think too many people take for granted the ability Democrats have to step in their own way and trip at the finish line,” Noah said. “I don’t take any of that for granted.”

However, comedy has served as Noah’s coping mechanism, and while he feels the current political environment has become frightening compared to what he called “a benign existence under Barack Obama,” he said humor can function as a good release for people.

“As things become scarier, as the world becomes less secure, as people question, you know, the security that they exist within, that’s when comedy becomes more cutting because in many ways, it’s the release valve to that fear or to that tension,” he said.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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