In his first Daily Show back from a weeklong Thanksgiving break, Trevor Noah took a brief detour through the strange ritual that is Black Friday before catching up on his favorite TV show, Trumpire.
He started by taking a look at how Donald Trump mocked the physical disability of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who disputed his claim that “thousands” of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey cheered as the Twin Towers fell in 2001.
“I think Trump is confusing cheering with screaming,” Noah remarked. “I also think he is confusing bullshit with truth.”
But it was Trump’s impression of Kovaleski that really got under Noah’s skin. “What a riot,” the host said. “Trump started at Nazi Germany politics, worked his way through 9/11, all to reach his ultimate goal: mocking the handicapped.” Rather than apologize for his actions, Trump doubled down and even demanded an apology from The New York Times, arguing that he didn’t remember meeting the reporter back in the 1980s.
“Yeah, c’mon, New York Times!” Noah exclaimed. “You can’t expect someone to remember a journalist he met 35 years ago! I mean, to remember someone like that, you would need to have a...what’s it called again?”
In Trump’s own words, you would need the “world’s best memory.”
“It was on the tip of my tongue!” Noah concluded.
As of Monday afternoon, Trump’s campaign was still defending the candidate’s 9/11 lies. As his lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Mr. Trump's memory is fantastic. I’ve never come across a situation that Mr. Trump has said something that is not accurate.”