With the bizarre spectacle of the arraignment and arrest of Donald Trump dominating the news on Tuesday, late night TV attempted to capture the historic, but utterly bizarre, nature of the day’s event.
On The daily showwas the introduction by guest host Roy Wood Jr. on Tuesday night’s episode unsurprisingly focused on the absurdity of the breathless media coverage surrounding Trump’s cable-made trip from Mar-a-Lago to a courthouse in Manhattan for his indictment. The former president was indicted by a New York grand jury over his alleged role in a scandal that stemmed from hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In an exhaustive recap of Tuesday’s silliest events, Wood highlighted how Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had compared Trump to Nelson Mandela and Jesus as other figures who had been subject to political arrest. He also pointed out that none of what happened today needed to happen. “The crazy thing about all this today is that Donald Trump didn’t even have to come to New York,” this week’s paper wrote. Daily show host said. “He could have done the whole charge at the crib. Because they apparently gave him the option to be sued through Zoom. You know, like Nelson Mandela and Jesus.”
“Trump wants publicity,” Wood said. “Look at how he came out of Trump Tower this morning and punched the Black Power like a true political prisoner. He lives for this kind of shit. Hell, Trump will show up in court any day dancing on a car like Michael Jackson.
He added: “And the media, man, the media, what are they doing? They just play into it and give us wall-to-wall coverage even when there was absolutely nothing to talk about.
After reviewing the day’s events, Wood thought he should go viral with his analysis. “I’m trying to go viral this week. There’s a lot of pressure to be a guest host,” he joked, referring to the need to summon a very special guest to discuss events. Help came out in the form of a ghost The daily show‘s past, when Jon Stewart emerged decked out as a hooded Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Stewart removed his hood and said he had come over to help Wood as “the wise sage who accompanies the young host”, but what ensued was a lengthy discussion about why Stewart was dressed as Kenobi, what character Wood was and whether Trump was Vader . The Star Wars it went on for so long that Wood ran out of time and Stewart was thwarted.
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