Trevor Noah calls out McConnell’s [expletive] acquittal excuse

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) /

Former President Donald Trump’s acquittal on charges he incited an insurrection was not surprising given his grip on the Republican Party. The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah explained just how far the GOP was willing to go to justify their vote without acknowledging their fear of the former president.

While it was the most bipartisan Senate impeachment vote in history, it was nowhere near enough to hold former President Trump accountable for the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The GOP ultimately decided it was too risky to turn Trump’s base against them despite the overwhelming evidence that supported a conviction.

Late night television shows like The Daily ShowLate Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert could see this coming. Throughout their coverage, they consistently blamed Republicans for enabling former President Trump and wanted audiences to never forgive the GOP for letting him off the hook.

Trevor Noah picked up the discussion last night on The Daily Show. Noah’s monologue addressed what he called the “amazing and [expletive]” excuse that Republicans came up with for acquittal. He especially zeroed in on how Senator Mitch McConnell peddled the excuse:

Trevor Noah isn’t letting McConnell off the hook for letting Trump off the hook

For not one second does Trevor Noah buy the excuse that Republicans’ hands were tied because Donald Trump was no longer in office. The Democrats made it clear that Donald Trump committed his alleged crime while in office and was impeached while in office. A Senate vote also declared that the trial was constitutional.

But all of that didn’t stop Senator Mitch McConnell. The Senate Minority Leader went so far as to admit that former President Trump was “practically and morally” responsible for provoking the Capitol attack. Yet it wasn’t within the power of the Senate to hold him accountable, according to Sen. McConnell.

Noah sarcastically refers to this as another “profile in courage” for Sen. McConnell. The Daily Show host sums up the excuse like this:

"Trump caused the riots. Trump is super guilty. But Mitch just hopes that someday, someone else will do something about it."

Noah doesn’t stop there and continues to call out Sen. McConnell for refusing to take a stand. It was the latest late night monologue to focus on Sen. McConnell, who has consistently been tied to Donald Trump over the past four years. And as Noah explained, when the Senator had the chance to sever that tie, he instead chose to “roll around in that [expletive].”

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