Trevor Noah Says Trump’s Racism Might Not Be in His Bones

Trevor Noah Says Trump’s Racism Might Not Be in His Bones


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‘Old-school racism, minus the school’

The House voted on Tuesday to condemn recent tweets from President Trump, describing as racist his attacks against four Democratic congresswomen of color (including a suggestion that they “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”).

“Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez yesterday responded to President Trump’s racist attacks on her and three other congresswomen, calling Trump’s words the, quote, ‘hallmark language of white supremacists.’ Said Hallmark, ‘In retrospect, we never should have added that section.’” — SETH MEYERS

“That statement is old-school racism, minus the school.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“I saw that Trump sent another tweet. In all caps, it said, ‘If you’re not happy here, you can leave.’ Then he teared up, because those are also his wedding vows.” — JIMMY FALLON

“Just because you complain about your country, doesn’t mean you don’t love it. It’s like sports: Fans want their teams to be better, that is why they complain, all right? If the Knicks kicked out every fan who yelled at them to play better, Madison Square Garden would be emptier than Mike Pence’s spice cabinet.” — TREVOR NOAH

The House resolution was temporarily stalled over its use of the word “racist,” which Republicans said violated a congressional rule against personally attacking the president.

“As opposed to the presidential rule book, which evidently is just a signed headshot of Kid Rock that says, ‘Go hog wild, brother!’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Some Republicans defended Trump. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, said the president was tweeting out of frustration.

“Frustration doesn’t make you racist, all right? If anything, it just lets your racism slip out. Same thing with being angry, drunk, hungry — none of that makes you say racist things. Because if it did, those candy bar commercials would be a lot different.” — TREVOR NOAH

The Punchiest Punchlines (Racist Bone Edition)

Trump returned to Twitter to defend himself on Tuesday, writing that he didn’t “have a Racist bone in my body.”

“Trump spent all day having his friends tell everyone how not racist he is. You know, like nonracists do.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“Here’s the thing. We’re not worried about your bones being racist; we’re worried about your brain and your mouth being racist. And if he isn’t a racist, when he finds out who’s been posting all this racist stuff on his Twitter account, he is going to be pissed.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

“But how do we know racism is in the bones, huh? Maybe it is in your spleen — we don’t know! It could be anywhere.” — TREVOR NOAH

“Racism is your brand. It’s like Colonel Sanders saying, ‘I don’t have a finger-lickin’ bone in my body.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Bits Worth Watching

Seth Meyers hosted his own Democratic presidential debate, sort of.

What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Senator Kamala Harris of California, a Democratic presidential candidate, will stop by “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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