“On Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, a South African native, observed that “I’ve never been to a country where people are as afraid to speak about guns,” referring to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who, among others, said now is not the time for political debate about guns.
Noah added that “when a plane crashes, we talk about plane safety immediately. When a bridge crashes, we talk about infrastructure immediately. We seem to avoid to do everything to talk about guns.”
The 33-year-old also noticed disparate reactions from President Donald Trump to the violence at a country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort Sunday and hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.
Noah said Trump’s response to Puerto Rican officials requesting more aid, only to be told that they weren’t doing enough, lacked compassion. But the president’s address to the nation Monday after Las Vegas showed “you do have the ability to display sympathy—just not for certain people.”
Noah continued: “You’re speaking about people who’ve been shot…you go, in this moment let’s just acknowledge their pain and suffering. And then Puerto Ricans, you’re like, let’s talk about what they could have done.”
“People speak about mass shootings like they are national disasters, like there’s nothing you can do,” Noah said incredulously. “There is something you can do.”