Trevor Noah Praises Trump as the First President to ‘Actually Deliver’ on Campaign Promises

By Tiffany Meier

Television host Trevor Noah appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and insisted, “hate him or love him,” President Donald Trump is the first presidential candidate to “actually deliver” on his campaign promises.

During his appearance on the show on Thursday, May 16, he turned the conversation to politics.

“Then when Donald Trump was elected and then proceeded to do what he had promised, ironically, right?” Noah said. “Because it’s funny that Donald Trump would be the first presidential candidate to actually deliver. Hate him or love him, hate him or love him, he’s doing the things he said he was going to do.”

The South African comedian, who is currently the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” also expressed surprise at the “faux anger” he saw surrounding American politics. He said when he took over as host from Jon Stewart in 2015, people criticized him as not being “angry enough.”

“When I took over ‘The Daily Show,’ everyone was like, ‘What are you going to make jokes about?’ And then one of the main things people have said to me was—they said, ‘You’re just not angry enough, Trevor. Where’s your indignation?’ And I was like, ‘What do you have to be angry about? Things are going great right now; your economy is growing, your president is loved, your footprint around the world is one that’s being cemented as the super power. What are you angry about?'” Noah recalled during his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance.

“And then people had all of this faux anger and they were like, ‘You’ve got to be angry’ and I was like ‘There’s nothing to be angry about. There’s nothing to be stressed about right now. And I was worried about that for the show,” he said.

Kimmel agreed that people seemed to need something to be angry about.

“We’re always angry about something. If there’s nothing important to be angry about, we’ll find something dumb to be angry about,” Kimmel said, adding, “Somebody will put pineapple on a pizza and we’ll lose our minds.”

Noah also previously addressed the issue during an interview at SXSW with CNN’s Jake Tapper in March.

“I think a lot of the time, it’s easy to get caught up in things that offend people, but not the things that affect people,” he said.

He also said that leading up to the 2020 presidential campaign, his show will give viewers “an accurate representation of what is happening in the race, and what the candidates actually stand for, and how it’ll affect your life.”

He also said the 2020 presidential campaign will be interesting as there are so many Democratic candidates.

“What’s going to be interesting for me in 2020 is this new narrative and this new discussion around the Democratic Party—because for a long time it’s just been one storyline: Donald Trump,” Noah said at a SXSW panel in March, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. “But now it’s going to be: Who are the Democrats? What do they stand for? What are their plans?”

“We’re going to be at the conventions, we’re going to be tracking the primaries,” Noah said. “We’re going to go where ever there’s access.”

Jake Tapper, Trevor Noah, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Dulc Sloan, Roy Wood Jr, Jaboukie Young-White and Michael Kosta speak at SXSW Featured Session
Jake Tapper, Trevor Noah, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Dulcé Sloan, Roy Wood Jr, Jaboukie Young-White and Michael Kosta speak at SXSW Featured Session in Austin, Texas, on March 9, 2019. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)