Trevor Noah "Very Much Afraid" of Trump Win as 'The Daily Show' Goes Live for Election Night
"I don't know if you came to the right place for jokes tonight, because this is the first time throughout this entire race where I'm officially shitting my pants," the host said as he concluded his election coverage, titled "The Series Finale of America," on Tuesday night.
Trevor Noah's The Daily Show concluded months of election coverage with a largely somber live show on Tuesday night.
In an episode titled "Election Night 2016: No no please no, oh God no, noooooo!" the host admitted he was "very much afraid" of what the outcome of the presidential election may be, as Donald Trump led the polls at the time.
"This is it, the end of the presidential race, and it feels like the end of the world," Noah said at the open of his monologue. "I don't know if you came to the right place for jokes tonight, because this is the first time throughout this entire race where I'm officially shitting my pants. I genuinely do not understand how America can be this disorganized or this hateful."
He added, "I'd call it a nail-biter, if I had any nails left."
Noah told viewers that a Trump presidency didn't just concern the country, but markets worldwide suffered huge drops as the Republican nominee secured more electoral votes.
"The Mexican peso is crashing — that's what's happening to Mexico's currency," he said, before adding, "Which means if Trump does win, Mexico can’t afford to pay for that wall."
The Daily Show host also took a moment to commend Clinton on the possibility of becoming the first female president of the United States. "I know this is a scary moment and it's too close to call, but can we just acknowledge what an amazing moment this is for Hillary Clinton and all women?" he asked.
Noah joked that he had prepared all sorts of props to relay breaking news to viewers as new poll numbers rolled in, but "now the news is just breaking me."
He left the audience with a hopeful message: "You can be dejected, you can be sad, but I will say this — don't let it turn into fear. Because that is the thing that Donald Trump has used to get his side to do something that they never should have done. Stay strong, stay positive."