If you are sitting in your “Stronger Together” shirt aching to find positive news as Hillary Clinton’s path to 270 electoral votes gets more and more narrow, The Daily Show is not likely going to give you the spirit boost that you were hoping for. And it sure seems like they aren’t delivering the bouncy live election show that they had planned, either.
Trevor Noah looks rough (as rough as he can look — he’s still adorable) and he’s talking about the news breaking him before sharing swigs from a bottle of Pepto with Roy Woods Jr. who says that this all feels like “America’s funeral.” Gosh.
Correspondent Desi Lydic seems more angry than sullen and Jordan Klepper is, well, he’s not really prepared to have America be made great again in quite the way Donald Trump plans.
A reminder: this is a comedy show, but of course, The Daily Show speaks to an audience that, traditionally, leans toward the progressive and right now that side of the aisle seems to be all but calling Clinton’s candidacy dead, even though there’s still a small shot.
An election this close was always going to leave one side puking on its shoes, but people on the left — guided by virtually all the polls and a deep faith in the goodness of their beliefs — just didn’t think that they’d be the ones standing when the music stopped. Now that we’re apparently here, it seems like The Daily Show is verbalizing that shock. And that’s real.
Though it wasn’t uplifting either, the most important part of the episode might actually have been a pre-taped bit from Klepper wherein he tried to find a spirit forgiveness among Trump and Clinton supporters. Things like that — commentary on this ridiculous estrangement from each other — are going to be the bread and butter for The Daily Show if Trump does wind up winning, because the “War on Bullsh*t” is clearly going to be waged among ourselves now.