Trevor Noah has been away over the Christmas break, but on Tuesday he returned to our screens — and his comeback monologue packed a pretty serious punch.
Over the course of seven minutes the Daily Show host recapped the pro-Trump Capitol riot which left five dead (including a police officer) and many more under FBI investigation, before unpacking the fallout and calling “bullshit” on Fox News, Republicans, and social media companies alike.
“Ah, I get it now,” says Noah in the clip above, after playing a montage of Fox hosts excusing the behaviour of the violent mob that stormed the Capitol. “These people weren’t ‘creepy bloggers,’ they were ‘solid’ law-abiding Americans. And nobody is allowed to kill cops except for the people who respect cops. They can do whatever they want.
“Look man, the point is, you guys clearly don’t care about cops. You only care about the idea of using cops to keep Black people in their place. So please, miss me with that bullshit.”
Later in the monologue, after joining in with the other late show hosts to criticise pro-Trump Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Noah turns his attention to the social media companies that finally decided to ban the President earlier this month.
“For years people have been warning you about the violence and conspiracy theories you’ve been amplifying and allowing to spread on your platforms,” Noah says. “And for years you’ve said you can’t do anything about it. But now that the Capitol has been ransacked, now all of a sudden it turns out you can.”
Noah says tech companies have spent years claiming they don’t have a magic button to stop hate, and it was only when Trump lost the presidential election that they finally found it.
“So what, now these companies want a cookie for doing the right thing too late? Miss me with that bullshit.”