The Daily Showdown
Trevor Noah found quite a bit of note in the ongoing Brooklyn federal trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and a broader relevance to America's biggest ongoing fight. El Chapo's trial "has reached its halfway point, and what we've learned so far is muy loco," he said on Thursday's Daily Show. There's sex, drugs (obviously), betrayal, and allegations that he bribed the former Mexican president with $100 million. "To be fair, the Mexican president has already denied it from the deck of his $101 million yacht," he joked.
Noah ran through some of the henchmen testifying against El Chapo — The Beard, Lollipop, the IT guy — and "this IT guy is one of the biggest reasons El Chapo might be going down. And he only agreed to turn because the FBI paid him." With the government shut down, the FBI has no money to pay informants, Noah added, and "the U.S. Marshals who are guarding El Chapo? They aren't getting paid because of the shutdown. And now I'm not saying they're gonna be bribed, but if there's anyone you want to be extra careful with, it's El Chapo. This guy has escaped from prison twice already."
"Remember, the reason El Chapo became the most powerful drug lord in history is that he figured out how to smuggle more drugs across the border than anybody else, and during this trial, we've found out how he's done it," Noah said. "El Chapo was using planes, tunnels, and even submarines to smuggle drugs into the U.S. So I guess it's a good thing that Trump is building that wall! The sad thing is, even if Trump sees this trial, it won't change his mind. If anything, he'll probably just double down." Noah guessed the next barrier.
In between scenes, Noah theorized that Trump doesn't actually care about the wall at all, and Democrats aren't as opposed as they seem. Watch. Peter Weber