Trevor Noah’s recap of Donald Trump’s campaign style rally in Phoenix, Arizona this past weekend is a must watch. Noah expertly skewered the president for doing exactly what he accuses the mainstream media of doing — selectively quoting himself.
“Although Trump’s rally was an outstanding rejection of reality, there was a key issue that he had to address,” said Noah. “And that was demanding justice for the real victim of Charlottesville: himself.”
Trump rambled for over 15 minutes in front of his fawning fans at the rally, claiming the media wildly distorted his response to the atrocity in Charlottesville, and then completely distorted what he said by selectively quoting himself. Trump specifically left out the “blame on many sides” comment that created the uproar in the first place:
Noah also cut to an interview with a family of Trump supporters who appeared to not understand where protestor anger was coming from — a revealing segment that highlighted the completely different reality Trump supporters live in.
“I envy these Trump supporters,” said Noah. “Because they are living in a state of bliss”.
It is still breathtaking to see how different those who only watch Fox News, listen to right wing talk radio and take Donald Trump at his word see the world. The disconnect is truly awesome, and more than anything it reveals a serious lack of critical thinking. Taking Trump’s words at face value is like taking a used car salesman’s word at face value — it’s almost a childlike willingness to be conned and mislead.
The Phoenix rally was filled with fans who genuinely believe the president is doing a good job — a proposition so inconceivably ridiculous it’s hard to find any common ground with them. There are most definitely two Americas, and while Donald Trump is president, they grow further and further apart by the day.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.