Though ratings for The Daily Show are down 40 percent since Jon Stewart left the host chair, Trevor Noah still manages to gain some viral momentum every once in a while. He delivered resonant, heartfelt words after the shooting in Orlando, he ruffled feathers when he called out Megyn Kelly for going soft on Donald Trump, and he offered a spirited rant on the transgender bathroom issue.
Unfortunately, Noah’s momentum is often stifled by self-inflicted wounds, like the tweet the show posted after the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling last month.
What Trevor Noah may need more than anything is more seasoning, and after a year of being run through this election mill, maybe Trevor Noah is finally starting to show some weariness. It’s that weariness that often made Stewart so effective. Instead of simply making jokes about American politics (and laughing at his own jokes, as Noah does), Stewart’s diatribes resonated because they sounded like they were coming from someone who was just as exhausted with the system as the rest of us.
On last night’s The Daily Show, Trevor Noah expressed the weariness that many of us may be feeling about this election: That it simply shouldn’t happen. Instead of this being a debate between “Grandma Nixon” and a “traffic cone soaked in raw sewage.” Noah suggested we just call it all off.
“I’m going to be that a—hole friend who tells it like it is — maybe you need to call it off,” Noah said. “Two years from now, you’re going to see your ex walking down the street and you’re going to think to yourself, ‘Man, I didn’t know how good I had it.’”
Given what’s going on right now in American politics, there may be no better time than now to convince Congress to amend the Constitution to get rid of the term limits set by the 22nd Amendment and just let President Obama stick around until both political parties can get their acts together.