Trevor Noah referees the Trump-Obama race we're finally getting to watch

Trevor Noah previews the coming Trump-Obama fight
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We'll never really know if President Trump could have beat former President Barack Obama in a race — "not a foot race, we know the answer to that question," Trevor Noah clarified on Monday's Daily Show. "But thanks to this year's midterms elections, we get to see what a race between the two of them might have been like." Obama swung first, noting that the great economy started under his watch. "And you know Donald Trump's not gonna stand by and let someone take credit for their own achievements," Noah said, so Trump pushed back "with flair" and, um, bullet points?

"Seeing Trump and Obama back-to-back really shows the contrast between these two," Noah said. "They couldn't be more different. It's like night and day, like ebony and anarchy." He showed some examples. "While most people would prefer a president who's articulate and has a command of the issues, there are times when you have to admit it's definitely more fun to watch Trump," he added. "I could honestly listen to Trump try to say 'anonymous' for the rest of my life."

"Look, I'll be honest, I don't know why Obama's wasting his intellect on Trump," Noah said. "We're living in Trump's world now, right? This is not the time for some well-crafted speech that appeals to our higher nature, this is time for a roast, Obama! Obama should just be on the campaign trail dissing Trump every day, because Trump knows how to deal with nerds. But what he can't handle is swag." He tried out some Trump zingers in Obama's voice.

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Noah also addressed the Serena Williams imbroglio at the U.S. Open, and the "convoluted conversation" about whether she was treated the same as male tennis players. "It's got to be equal one way or the other," he said. "Either everyone fights or everyone gets punished." He voted for fighting. Watch below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber is a senior editor at, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.