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On Saturday, the new Daily Show host spoke to political commentator James Carville at the inaugural Politicon, the two-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center billed as the Comic-Con of politics.
Noah, who took over the reins of the Comedy Central show last month after longtime host Jon Stewart retired from the program, compared the outspoken billionaire businessman’s campaign tactics to those of politicians from his native South Africa.
“When I see Donald Trump doing what he does, saying what he says, I go, ‘I’ve seen that same as back home,’ ” he said. “When people are starving, you can sell them any story. Hitler did it in Germany. [Hitler] said, ‘You know why you’re hungry — because of those people.’ That’s the best time to mobilize anyone, is when they’re hungry, and they’re scared. You can give them any story because people want change, and you can give them that change.”
He continued: “When I see Donald Trump say these things, I go, ‘I know what this is. I’ve seen this before.’ I come from a place where at times, xenophobia has risen to a point where there is violence in the street against people from other countries.”
Noah and Carville spoke for almost 16 minutes, touching on different topics, including Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Carville asked Noah what piece of advice he would give Clinton, if she sought him out. The answer didn’t immediately come to Noah, but he finally responded: “I would say to her, ‘Stop trying to be and just be.’ “
Thank you so much to everyone who joined me tonight at Politicon. I really had a wonderful time and thank you James Carville.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 11, 2015
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