Irony: Noah Mocks 'Childish' Dianne Feinstein Over Her Response to Child Protesters

February 26th, 2019 6:30 PM

In his opening monologue on Monday's Daily Show, host Trevor Noah delivering his usual mockery of Republicans through the lens of praising filmmaker Spike Lee for his acceptance speech at the Oscars. Surprisingly, his opening monologue also took a shot at “childish” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein for not bending over backwards to please child activists demanding she vote in favor of the Green New Deal.

After describing Lee as “the night’s big winner,” Noah mocked President Trump for his tweet going after Lee Noah also suggested that President Trump would have taken issue with the title of Lee'’ movie BlacKkKlansman, claiming that the President would have preferred it to be called “Black Very Fine People on Both Sides.”



Noah also mocked Vice President Mike Pence when talking about his trip to Colombia to address the situation in Venezuela. Noah wondered: “Whose idea was it to send Mike Pence to solve the crisis in Venezuela? Like, is the plan just to bore Maduro out of power?”

Claiming that “it’s a little risky to send Mike Pence to South America,” because of what would happen to Pence “if he accidentally eats spicy food,” Noah dropped this anti-Christian smear: “If he has too much salt, he needs to gargle with...holy water for an hour. Also, by the way, I feel like Mike Pence gargles with his mouth closed because he doesn’t want to seem gay.” He then began to make a gargling noise before moving onto his next target: California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

In a strange case of irony, Noah called Senator Feinstein “childish” for her response to child protesters urging her to support the Green New Deal. After playing a clip of last week's exchange, Noah asked Feinstein: “How are you the most childish person in a debate with actual children?”


Noah proceeded to give some advice to Feinstein, which came across as far more childish than anything she said during her interaction with the protesters. Noah spoke directly to Senator Feinstein: “Don’t lecture the children, just lie to them.” Concerning the first part of your suggestion, Trevor: What sound advice! Now, how about you start following your own advice?  

A transcript of the relevant portion of Monday’s The Daily Show is below. Click “expand” to read more.

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah


11:03 p.m. Eastern

TREVOR NOAH: But I’m not going to lie, for me, the night’s big winner was Spike Lee. 

NATALIE MORALES: The most animated reaction of the night coming from writer and director Spike Lee who won his first Oscar for best adapted screenplay for his critically acclaimed film “BlacKkKlansman,” Lee taking a not so veiled shot at President Trump in his acceptance speech. 

SPIKE LEE: 2020 Presidential Election is around the corner, make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!

MARIA BARTIROMO: President Trump just tweeted on the Oscars. Here’s what he just said. “Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President who has done more for African-Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other President!

NOAH: That’s right. President Trump called Spike Lee racist. [LAUGHTER] It was, like, “BlacKkKlansman,” that’s offensive, folks. Should have been called “Black very fine people on both sides.” Both sides! [LAUGHTER] Also, Trump is the last person who should tell anyone about their reading. Like, really? Mr. United Shates, That guy? So congratulations to almost all of the winners from last night, let’s move on to some international news. Vice President Mike Pence, he was in Colombia today, or as Donald Trump calls it, South Mexico. And he was there to monitor the situation across the border in Venezuela; where things are getting more tense than Mike Pence’s own eyebrows when he tries to look tough. 

WILFRED FROST: The crisis in Venezuela reaching new heights over the weekend as President Nicolas Maduro closed the border with Colombia and Brazil in an effort to block humanitarian aid from the U.S. from getting into the country. 

COURTNEY REAGAN: Vice President Pence arrived in Colombia today to meet Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido. 

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: Our efforts to date will not only continue, they will be increased. Despite Maduro’s brutality, we will press on. 

NOAH: Okay, whose idea was it to send Mike Pence to solve the crisis in Venezuela? Like, is the plan just to bore Maduro out of power? Is that what it is? Maduro is just going to be like okay, okay, enough about your mother, I’ll leave, already! [LAUGHTER] Also, I think it’s a little risky to send Mike Pence to South America. What if he accidentally eats spicy food? Like, I mean, this is Mike PenceIf he has too much salt, he needs to gargle with, like, holy water for an hour. Also, by the way, I feel like Mike Pence gargles with his mouth closed because he doesn’t want to seem gay, he’s like (gargling). And finally, some news from the world of politics. Senator Dianne Feinstein, at 85, the California Democrat is the oldest person now serving in the U.S. Senate, but she’s not too old to mix it up with some much younger opponents. 

RYAN NOBLES: Lawmakers are no strangers to heated debate but California Senator Dianne Feinstein is raising eyebrows after getting into it with a group of children over climate change. 

STUDENT: We are trying to ask you to vote yes on the Green New Deal. 

SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN: Okay. I tell you what, we have our own Green New Deal. 

STUDENT: The government is supposed to be for the people and by the people and all for the people. 

FEINSTEIN: You know what’s interesting about this group is I have been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’m doing. You come in here, and you say it has to be my way or the highway. I don’t respond to that. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing. 

STUDENT: You’re supposed to listen to us. That’s your… 

FEINSTEIN: How old are you? 

STUDENT: …job.

FEINSTEIN: How old are you?

STUDENT: I’m 16. I can’t vote.

FEINSTEIN: Well, you didn’t vote for me. 

STUDENT: Well, she… 

FEINSTEIN: Well, you know better than I do, so I think one day you run for the Senate, and then you do it your way. 

NOAH: Well, maybe you should run for the Senate. How are you the most childish person in a debate with actual children? [LAUGHTER] I’m surprised, like, Feinstein didn’t just copy everything they said. I’m 16. I’m 16! Stop copying me. Climate change is a problem. Climate change is a problem. Senator Feinstein, what are you doing? Don’t lecture the children, just lie to them. [LAUGHTER] Doesn’t she know how easy it is to lie to children? She should have just been like “you want the Green New Deal? Okay, well, I’ll talk to Santa about it, now get the (bleep) out of here, I don’t negotiate with terrorists!”