"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on Monday profiled GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's junkyard of campaign surrogates.
Daniel Scavino, the Trump campaign's director of social media, was once his golf caddie in 1990. Campaign Chair Paul Manafort lobbied for Ukrainian dictator Viktor Yanukovych. And then, of course, there's spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, the only staffer more prone to gaffes than the candidate himself.
On an episode of obscure WE tv reality show, "Sisters in Law" — about black female lawyers in Texas — Pierson was asked to leave a party for immediately arguing with the host about the Civil Rights Act:
"They fact-checked her harder than on CNN," Noah responded to a similar clip of cast member and civil attorney Rhonda Wills chewing out Pierson for her hardline conservatism. "CNN should hire her — that's what they should do."
Despite disagreeing with Pierson, however, Noah said he sympathizes with any surrogate that is occupationally required to "go with" Trump's more controversial (often off-the-cuff) statements. The latest example came last week when Trump claimed President Obama is "the founder of ISIS."
"Now his surrogates ... spend day and night defending that statement," Noah said. "And then a day later, Trump turns around and royally fucks them."
At his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Friday, Trump somewhat backtracked from his "founder" claim, saying, "Obviously I'm being sarcastic ... but not that sarcastic." He also tweeted:
"You know why they report it seriously?" Noah replied. "Because you're a presidential candidate!"