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Trevor Noah knows the one solution to stopping all mass shootings: Donald Trump

"To be fair, if Donald Trump ran into a school during a shooting, I do believe he would actually stop the shooting"


Charlie May
February 27, 2018 1:37PM (UTC)

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah believes it's important to understand how problems can require multiple solutions at the same time, but that there is only one solution to solving all mass shootings: President Donald Trump running in and touting his electoral college victory.

The idea for this solution comes after the president criticized the Broward County Sheriff's deputy who failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to combat the mass shooter. Trump, who is 71 years old, said he would have run into the school himself, if he were there, even unarmed.

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"You don't know until you test it," Trump said at the White House on Monday. "But I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon."

Noah had none of it.

"I like that he’s honest enough to say, 'Look, I haven’t tested this, but I think, ah, I think I would run in. Without a weapon, yeah, yeah,'" Noah joked. "To be fair, if Donald Trump ran into a school during a shooting, I do believe he would actually stop the shooting."

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He added, "Because imagine you’re a school shooter and Donald Trump appears in the hallway. How distracting would that be?"

"It’d just be like, 'That’s right, it’s me, Donald Trump! I don’t have a gun but what I do have is an amazing Electoral College victory," Noah said in an impersonation of Trump. "They said I couldn’t win. 736 college — I did it. I did it so good.’"

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He continued, "Like eight minutes later the police show up, Trump is still talking, the kid is like 'what the hell is happening here?!' It would work!"

In the wake of the various nationwide reactions to the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Noah explained how America often struggles to understand that problems can require more than one solution and that a debate that makes it seem as if only one solution will fix everything is, frankly, inadequate.

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"People make it seem like there's only one problem, and one solution," Noah said on Monday night. "It's the guns, no it's the cops, maybe it's both. Maybe it's both."

"Maybe with better training the deputy would have known how to go into the situation while still keeping himself relatively safe," Noah explained. "But maybe with better gun laws, once the deputy did go into the school, he wouldn't have to face a teenager with an AR-15."

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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