Trevor Noah unleashed a storm of anger toward Donald Trump and the news media on Monday’s edition of “The Daily Show” for their reaction to a new U.S. government report on climate change.
The report detailed the devastating effects climate change continues to have on the environment, infrastructure, and the economy, but when asked about the report on Monday, the U.S. president simply said, “I don’t believe it.”
“You don’t believe it?” an exasperated Noah asked. “How can one man possess all the stupidity of mankind? It’s like they edited his genes to give him superhuman stupidity.”
The late-night host wanted to know why scientists would lie about climate change. He then threw to a clip of former Republican Senator Rick Santorum, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” that “a lot of these scientists are driven by the money that they receive.”
“Of course, how did we miss it? Climate change is a scam,” Noah quipped. “It’s a scam by scientists trying to get rich. We should have known when we saw them balling in those Gucci lab coats with the diamond-encrusted beakers, making it rain test tubes in the club.”
Noah railed hardest against the American news outlets that continue to give voices to “climate change buffoons” who have zero qualifications to back up their statements.
He focused on American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka, who appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend to talk about dropping global temperatures while prefacing her remarks with the disclaimer “I’m not a scientist.”
“Once you say you’re ‘not a scientist,’ why is anyone listening to your scientific opinion?” Noah questioned. “Get the f*** out of here with your opinions as a citizen!”
He continued: “If someone told me, ‘Hey Trevor, these test results say that you have cancer, but I’m not a doctor, I think you’re fine,’ trust me, I would not be, like, ‘Oh, you’re not a doctor? Carry on, carry on. Tell me your thoughts on my health.’
“Why does the news keep bringing on non-scientists to argue against science?” Noah added while pointing out that Pletka’s group accepts funds from oil companies. “So why is the news having these climate deniers on?”
However, there was at least one CNN reporter who took issue with Trump’s comments. In CNN’s “The Ridiculist” segment, Anderson Cooper detailed the President’s past comments on climate change, including a 2015 speech where he stated “a lot of global warming is a hoax.”
“If you don’t want to believe science or the 1600 page report that your team tried to slip past the American public on Friday,” Cooper said, “maybe just start with climatekids.nasa.gov. It’s a pretty easy read, it’s fun, and there’s pictures .”