Trevor Noah notes that Putin sees U.S. meddling in Russia's presidential election, via fidget spinners

Russia suspects fidget spinners are a U.S. plot
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Russia is holding its own presidential election in nine months, and President Vladimir Putin suspects U.S. interference of the most devious kind, Trevor Noah said on Wednesday's Daily Show: fidget spinners. Because of Putin's fears that fidget spinners are a U.S. ploy to undermine him, "Russia is banning fidget spinners," Noah said. "And just like that, there goes Russia's reputation as a fun country." Putin was apparently tipped off to this nefarious plot when people passed out the faddish gizmos at an anti-Putin rally, he explained, Putin's opponents ran with it, and now, "according to Vladimir Putin, everyone in the world with a fidget spinner opposes him."

"This is genius," Noah said. "Every other resistance movement should do the same thing. You just tie yourself to a popular fad, and make it look like it's bigger than it is." As an example, he suggested that Nelson Mandela should have co-opted Pokeman. "But it turns out, fidget spinners aren't the only thing Russia is toying with," Noah said, leading into President Trump's second, undisclosed meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit. He said he just didn't understand why Trump, under investigation for colluding with Russia, would have a private conversation with the president of Russia.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.