If you missed the Thursday night episode of ‘The Daily Show’, the audience got a lesson in African presidents, thanks to new host Trevor Noah, who was comparing US presidential candidate Donald Trump to Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe, Idi Amin and Muammar Gaddafi, among others.
With the subheading ‘Orange is the new Black’ – and playing very liberally on Trump’s often very colourful tan as well as his bragging about his wealth and nasty criticism of illegal immigrants from Mexico – South African Noah said that for him as an African there was something familiar about Trump that made him feel at home.
At that point a clip was played of Zuma talking about the influx of illegal migrants into South Africa, as well as crime, unfair business practices, drugs. Not all migrants were responsible for the crime, said Zuma, but some were.
Noah called it “A light xenophobia with a dash of diplomacy”.
The crowning moment was, however, when Noah showed via clips how Trump had many of the same characteristics as Idi Amin, the brutal former dictator in Uganda.