Updated with video: Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity had Donald Trump for a full hour tonight and yet did not ask the candidate about, or even mention, today’s major Trump campaign shakeup. That’s because Hannity had already taped the hour as a “town hall,” in which to tout Trump’s plans to build a wall and battle ISIS with extreme vetting and extreme bombing.
Fortunately, The Daily Show’s faux journalist Trevor Noah was available. At the top of his Comedy Central show, immediately following Hannity’s, Noah probed this morning’s news that Trump had brought in Breitbart’s scorched-earther chief exec Steve Bannon to be his new campaign CEO. The major development comes as polls show Trump sliding in key states, and news headlines show him losing control of his narrative.
Also announced this morning: Trump has upped senior adviser Kellyann Conway to campaign manager. This on the heels of previous day’s reports that former Fox News chief Roger Ailes was helping Trump prep for his upcoming debates.
“If Trump is The Joker, he has hired The Suicide Squad,” Noah explained. “Kellyann Conway, she’s a legendary Republican pollster; Roger Ailes, the sexually harassing architect of Fox News,” Noah said. “And Steve Bannon, this is the boss of Breitbart, an arch conservative web site that that often had headlines like this: There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech. They Just Suck At Interviews.”
“These people are no joke. The election is in three months. What’s with all the new people?” Noah faux wondered. Mixing his metaphors, Noah announced the Trump campaign “is like the last season of Lost. They should be wrapping up, but instead they’re adding more and more characters. And everyone’s like, ‘Hey, how are you going to make this work? Oh! I get it! They don’t know what they’re doing!’ That is what is happening.”
Further confusing matters, only a few hours earlier, CNN correspondent Phil Mattingly had insisted the Trump campaign had turned into House of Cards. More accurately, he said it was “like if all the writers of House of Cards got into a room and wrote the most absurd script they could possibly come up with, with the sense it would never see the light of day.” Mattingly had cited as his source of this information one of his conservative “seven-figure donor sources.”