In an interview for a 2013 documentary, former Daily Show star/EP Jon Stewart paid homage to Washington Post‘s celebrated editorial page cartoonist Herbert Block, aka Herblock, who’d coined the expression “McCarthyism” in 1950 to attack the demagoguery of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist hearings.
Last night, Stewart’s writing-producing staff, most of whom remain with the show Stewart turned into a formidable political satire now hosted by Trevor Noah, unveiled Trumpire, “a thrilling drama about a ruthless tycoon who will stop at nothing in his quest for power.”
In the first episode, Trump suggested the idea of the government registering all Muslims in the country is “good management,” citing the “thousands upon thousands” of Muslims he’d seen in New Jersey celebrating after the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001. To back up that claim, he referenced a newspaper report that included a reference to authorities investigating whether such celebrations took place. It was written by a reporter who has a physical disability and who Trump appeared to mock last week when the reporter refuted Trump’s claim.
To recap: Moving on from Nazi Germany-style politics, Trump worked his way through 9/11, “all to reach his ultimate goal: mocking the handicapped,” after which Trump complained the journalist should stop using his disability to grandstand, Noah marveled.