Trevor Noah chuckles over how Sean Hannity and Chuck Grassley handled the Trump campaign indictments

Trevor Noah puts Sean Hannity into a rap battle
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Monday's arrest of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, was huge news, and it posed an uncomfortable dilemma for Republican leaders and opinion-makers, Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show: "Do you defend Trump and risk your integrity, or defend the rule of law and risk angering Donald Trump?" Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) choose Option C: exit through a row of American flags.

Not every Republican "could escape the room like Sneaky Chuck over here, but they did find different ways of dealing with the Mueller indictment," Noah said. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, for example, went on Fox News and essentially blamed the FBI "for letting them hire Paul Manafort." But "Sean Hannity held a master class in how to flip the script," Noah said, showing a slice of his Hillary Clinton-blaming monologue. "Damn, Sean Hannity, look at you, you middle aged white tiger." Instead of debunking Hannity's arguments, he put them in a different context. "I feel like that's the closest Sean Hannity will ever come to a rap battle," Noah said. "For real! Just give that man a hoodie and a parking garage, and he's going viral." And you can watch that below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber, The Week US

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.