Trevor Noah tries to explain peaceful protest to Trump after NFL rant

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A year ago, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to peacefully protest the treatment of African Americans in this country. Since then, a dozen or so other players have followed suit, and according to our current president, this is a more pressing issue than hurricane relief and North Korea.

On Monday’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah reacted to Trump’s comments on NFL players, and wondered once again how a black person is supposed to protest in America.

“These players aren’t trying to disrespect the country,” Noah said. “They’re trying to peacefully protest police treatment of black people in America.”

“If they wanted to disrespect the country, they wouldn’t kneel silently. They would do crazy things like insult Gold Star families, or make fun of P.O.W.s like John McCain or say America is morally equivalent to Putin’s Russia,” Trevor said, calling back to Trump’s previous comments. “That’s the kind of shit they would do if they were trying to disrespect the country.”

Trevor also dedicated his second segment to the NFL protest issue in order to ask a question he’s had to ask before: When is the right time for black people to protest?

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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