The Daily Show brought its show to Chicago this week and they quickly turned the heat on Donald Trump's comments concerning how violent Chicago is. Trump has said, "I don't want to have thousands of people shot in a city where essentially I'm the president." Host, Trevor Noah laid into Trump saying, "I like how he says he's 'essentially the president.' No, Donald, you are the president."
Noah commented that the president sees Chicago as "Syria but with different pizza," in response to Trump commenting that "Chicago is worse than some of the countries you read about in the Middle East."
The Daily Show wanted to visit Chicago because they felt like it is a microcosm for the issues that the rest of the country is facing and that political pundits don't actually care about Chicago's murder rates. They only care about scoring political points. Referring to the trash talking that pundits have done during President Obama's presidency concerning violence in Chicago he said, "Oh, now I get it. When there are shootings, Obama's from Chicago. All the other times, he's from Kenya. Now it makes sense."
Noah said that what was important was not whether Chicago was ranked number one in murders or number nine. What was important was stopping the murders. Fortunately, Trump had asked a police officer for advice while visiting the Windy City. Trump commented, "I said, 'how long would it take you to straighten out this problem?' He said, 'if you gave me the authority, a couple of days.'" Noah had no time for this dismissal of how complicated of an issue urban violence is. "Wow," he said, "Trump's imaginary friend can fix Chicago in a couple of days."