As President Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to push groundless conspiracies about election fraud, many of Trump’s most devout and loyal followers have taken to protesting President-elect Joe Biden’s decisive electoral victory. Nowhere was that more apparent and coordinated than this past weekend in Washington D.C., where thousands of maskless Trump believers descended for what was deemed the “Million MAGA March.” (The event’s true attendance was much lower, despite the claims of people like White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.)
Over on The Daily Show this week, the mass protests have been a major talking point, especially in light of the many far-right and white supremacist groups who participated in the event. “Wow, this is so strange,” host Trevor Noah said about the march on Monday. “Why does the not-white-supremacist president have all these white supremacists coming out to support him? It’s so weird!”
Tuesday night’s episode went even further, with a lengthy segment featuring correspondent Jordan Klepper on the ground at the protest.
“We are here to celebrate the winning of Donald Trump,” an unidentified woman wearing clothing adorned with Trump support told Klepper.
“You are four years too late,” he responded.
That interaction was indicative of the entire segment, as the masked Klepper confronted numerous Trump supporters spouting false misinformation with punchlines to underscore the absurdity of their claims.
“I have an analogy,” an unidentified man told Klepper. “In the NFL, there’s a close play, what do they do? They review it, right? Sometimes it takes 15 minutes, it delays the game, they have to look at every little technicality.”
“Let me do one,” Klepper replied. “I’ve got an analogy. It’s like the NFL. There’s a game, it’s the Lions versus the Packers. The Lions lose, everybody goes home. But the Lions stay on the field and they say, ‘We didn’t lose.’ Everybody’s like, ‘Well, if you look at the scoreboard…’”
After the same man claimed Trump “didn’t lose” the nationwide popular vote if the entire state of California was excluded from the count, Klepper added, “If you definitely discount certain people, then the numbers add up in your favor.”
At one point, Klepper challenged a Trump supporter carrying a Confederate flag emblazoned with the words “Trump 2020.”
“Is that Trump on a Confederate flag?” a stunned Klepper asked. “Buddy, you don’t know how to pick a winner. You might as well put a Jets hat on.”
The segment ended with profanity, as one woman whose face was blurred out berated Klepper and the media in general. “You guys, the liberal media, I have one word for you. You are controlled by the deep state, by the one-world government—” she said.
“That’s like four or five, six words,” Klepper said as she spoke.
“—fuck you,” the woman added.
“That one’s even two,” Klepper concluded.
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