ALTON STERLING AND PHILANDO CASTILE’S DEATHS
Trevor’s reaction to the depressing and disheartening string of high-profile police shootings earlier this year highlighted an essential fact in the debate over cop-community relations: You can be pro-police and also pro-black. (That said, to believe that you can be both pro-cat and pro-dog is some pie-in-the-sky nonsense.)
DONALD TRUMP PROPOSES “EXTREME VETTING”
Trump’s plan for making the U.S. immigration system more secure hinged on ensuring that people coming into the country shared America’s core values. As Jordan Klepper quickly found out, though, some of the beliefs held by Trump’s most die-hard supporters would disqualify them for entry. Irony’s a cruel mistress.
TOMI LAHREN SPITS FIRE ON FACEBOOK
Trevor’s segment on Tomi Lahren was likely many Daily Show viewers’ first encounter with the conservative commentator whose “Final Thoughts” have amassed millions of views on Facebook. Her success outside the avenues of traditional media shows just how fractured and disparate Americans’ news consumption habits have become. But in a rare glimmer of hope during this dogs**t year, Lahren sat down for a conversation with Trevor several weeks after this piece aired. Though they definitely didn’t find many points of agreement, they were at least able to keep it civil.
Trying to pinpoint the most absurd moment of the 2016 election season would be like trying to figure out Donald Trump’s hairstyling routine — it’s too messy and gross to make it worthwhile. But Trump getting caught on tape bragging about grabbing women by their genitalia is definitely a contender for number one. The scandal was so grotesque and off-putting that even Tic Tac (Trump’s seduction mint of choice) wound up distancing themselves from it.
THE POST-ELECTION WRAP UP
The majority of Americans spent November 9, 2016 with a bad taste in their mouths that no Tic Tac could expunge. Donald Trump had won the presidency, and while Trevor certainly wasn’t happy about it, he commended Trump for a gracious victory speech and pledged to give the president-elect the benefit of the doubt as he transitioned from candidate to office-holder. Of course, it didn’t take Trump long to burn through that tentative goodwill, and now we all have four years of the “tweetstorm” presidency to look forward to.
The Daily Show Takes on 2016’s Biggest Stories
Let it be known as the year that gave us way too much news.