Trevor Noah: Trump is ‘first president to actually deliver’ on his campaign promises

Trevor Noah says President Donald Trump is the first candidate to “actually deliver” on his promises — not that he’s going to be donning a “Make America Great Again” hat anytime soon.

That the message came during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” made it all the more surprising — no, Kimmel did not break down in tears.

Interestingly, Noah spoke about how Oprah Winfrey pretty much took control of his show when she appeared as a quest, explaining how she “walks around the building telling people how it’s going to go,” without realizing how this reflects on him.

After shameless mutual groveling over how great Oprah is, the conversation would eventually work around to Trump — naturally.

Noah expressed concern about abortions “being criminalized in Alabama,” before he referenced when he first took over for Jon Stewart in 2015.


“One of the main things people said to me was, ‘You’re just not angry enough, Trevor. Where’s your indignation?'” Noah said, before praising President Barack Obama.

“But what do you have to be angry about?” he added. “Things are going great right now. Your economy is growing, your president is loved. There’s nothing to be angry about, there’s nothing to be stressed about right now.”

All of which would change in November 2016, according to Noah.

“Then, when Donald Trump was elected and proceeded to do the things that he had promised,” he said.

“Ironically, because it’s funny that Donald Trump would be the first presidential candidate to actually deliver, Noah continued. “Hate him or love him, he’s doing the things he said he was going to do.”

All of which has given his show a “purpose.”

The greater irony is how so many are willing to accept politicians promising the moon to get elected, only to abandon those promises when taking office.

Keeping his promises seems to be a high priority for Trump, and as the Washington Post’s Marc A. Thiessen detailed last year, the president is making good on many of them:

Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem … He promised to “crush and destroy ISIS” … He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat

Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice (Antonin) Scalia,” and now Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges …

Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China.



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