Trevor Noah to Violent Anti-Trump Protesters: 'Think of It Like Sex...'

Trevor Noah has a warning for protesters of Donald Trump: Keep your demonstrations peaceful, or “become the hate that you’re protesting against.”

The Daily Show host began his Thursday broadcast by stressing how important it is “for the world to see that not all of America supports” the president-elect, yet “going too far and letting anger consume us” is not the right course of action.

“We have to be careful about how we protest,” Noah argued. “You can’t be throwing bottles at the police. You can’t be burning effigies.” (Or batting orange piñatas.) “That’s not what American democracy is all about.”

The comedian then equated protesting to sex, with an analogy that’s hard to dispute. Press PLAY on the clip below if you’re curious, then tell us whether you think it was fair of Noah to single out Trump’s most aggressive protesters.

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47 Comments
  1. Mick Smith says:

    Protesters, black lives matter, attacks on police, freeloaders, lgbtqrst ?????, college students wasting their time, liberal bias in media, all these things and more are what drove many Trump voters

    • Mary says:

      Really I thought it was economic reasons and hatred for the status quo. It is not a waste of time to stand up for yourself and others, but your statement says quite a bit. When one chooses not to acknowledge a problem then they are not part of the solution.

      • Cherrie says:

        “Stand up for yourself”? Breaking someone’s windshield, spray painting the side of a building, you’re blind

        • Mary says:

          Where in my statement did I condone violence, in fact if you took the time before responding and read my original comment below you would know that I don’t. Nope I can see just fine but thank you.

          • Cherrie says:

            Blind as a bat, a baseball bat used to smash a car window because the stupid “protester” has nothing else to do but wait on the welfare check.

          • Bill says:

            Stand up for what? There was a vote, THeY lost! Get over it and quit crying

          • Angela says:

            @Bill: And I’m SO sure that if the situation were reversed and Hillary had won, there wouldn’t be ANY Trump supporters going out and protesting at all, right? They’d totally accept the win and be perfectly calm and rational about it.
            .
            Yeah. No. Before the election there was a story about militia members threatening to do an armed protest in Washington, D.C. if Hillary won. So don’t even try with that “Get over it” attitude. The Trump side would’ve been just as bad if the outcome had been different.
            .
            I wholeheartedly agree with Trevor Noah that anti-Trump supporters should not resort to violence in their protests. But we do not have to “get over it”. Trump is insane, his proposed cabinet is frightening (again, his running mate supports conversion therapy for gay people. I don’t know about you, but I find that incredibly disturbing), he has absolutely no rational policy or understanding of how our government works, and we have every single right to protest his win as a result.

      • Christa0001 says:

        Pulling a man out of his vehicle because he is a white Trump supporter, beating him until he is nearly dead- is this what YOU call protest? Is this what YOU call democracy? This is 3rd world BS that they are doing. WE DO NOT LIVE IN A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY!

    • Jason says:

      As soon as your blamed Black lives matter I knew your statement had nothing of substance. Shows you are not informed of where any of this is actually coming from

    • Rickey says:

      It was the KKK that gave trump his victory

      • c-mo says:

        As an Hispanic female, I am not a member of the KKK…don’t think I qualify; please stop over generalizing your ridiculous comments. And before you claim I’m uneducated, I am a college graduate

        • Education does not necessarily have to do with intelligence. Intelligence does not necessarily have to do with understanding. Understanding does not necessarily have to do with caring. Caring has everything to do about being human. The lack of empathy is the root of evil.

    • Patricia Rushing says:

      True, and it shows their profound ignorance. They just got played. Trump never pulled an easier con in his entire fraudulent life. Angry racist rural whites were an easy mark for him.If you got pissed because people had the nerve to say that it wasn;t OK to just gun down black people in the streets, or because you thought gay people didn’t deserve the rights you have … or because you thought your economic woes were to blame on hopeless struggling people below you on the ladder getting help you judged them not to deserve — sorry, but that indeed does make you deplorable. I’m ashamed of you and embarrassed for you, since you don’t have the decency to be embarrassed for yourself.

  2. Mary says:

    I agree with him that violence is never the answer and it takes away from the point you are trying to make. However; I don’t think a few extremist defines the whole group. I think the movement shows unity and puts Trump on notice that American citizens won’t stand for attacks on certain groups of individuals. That we all believe in rights and fairness to ALL not just a few select few, we won’t allow our country to go backwards. If he truly wants to be a President for all people then he is responsible to unify everyone and prove that his attacks during the election process weren’t really what he stood for. Call me skeptical but if his cabinet rumors are correct then I don’t see it happening. Change happens when people are willing to speak out and these protest are part of what makes America great. This is Trump chance to Prove that he isn’t what everyone has been calling him. I don’t know his first tweet regarding this doesn’t instill confidence.

    • Jgr says:

      It was both. THE condescension, patronizing political correct attitude we got and being beaten down by crappy economic and monetary policies they passed.

    • Stephanie says:

      Dear America,
      I know that there are many people upset by the election, and our new president elect. I always felt Trump was bad…and I also felt Hillary was bad… It was the lesser of two evils that someone would vote for. No one in this presidential race was respectable for many valid reasons. With that being said, I believe in America and democracy… Here in America those are our principles. America was founded on democracy. Which means that America spoke… Trump is our new president. So whether we like it or not, we should unite and move forward. I hope that President Trump can deliver on some of his more promising promises he’s made. In four years perhaps we will vote someone else in. But again, please let me remind you about democracy… and what separates us from other countries. Just because a person does not agree with the choice for the president that was elected, does not mean that it’s ok to turn renegade and rebellious and turn their back on the process… Again America was founded on democracy. It just crushes me to see these destructive protests as well as “not my president” on social media. This is not what America stands for. So again, whether you voted Trump or not, let’s unite in America and move forward please.

    • Angela says:

      Bingo. Echoing every single word of this.

  3. Perfect. And absolutely right.

    – Let people know you’re not just going to go away.
    – Tell Trump voters “You may not think you’re racists, but you’ve just said your personal finances are more important than your morals. Enabling racism for personal gain… what would you call that?”
    – Don’t be violent
    – Don’t beat up on police. What would the violence prove?
    – Protest Trumps’ attempt to push his open litigation until after he’s president
    – Protest Trump not allowing press in cover the transition (or possibly his presidency)
    – Protest Trump being elected, but he WAS elected. So, he is our president*. It SUCKS for us. But peaceful transition of power is fundamental.

    *Like Trevor, it’s VERY hard to believe and saying it outloud seems surreal.

    • Haz says:

      Are you kidding me? News flash many people do not have the luxury to worry about climate change or the refugee crisis! Obamacare was the final nail in The coffin of Hillarys campaign. I’m sorry but at the end of the day unless you are making at least $250,000 a year your scraping by living pay check to pay check. Also Google Hillary Clinton + racist let’s not pretend the woman is a saint.

      • peterwdawson says:

        You just equated protesting about racism to climate change and the refugee crisis, both things not mentioned in the original comment. You’re not helping.

      • Mary says:

        I don’t make 250,000 a year and no I am not scraping by and live paycheck to paycheck.
        I like many other Americans have a budget and live within our range. Yes I don’t feel the need to keep up with the Jones and purchase every new gadget that comes out but I learned early in life to work for what I have and separate the wants from the needs. I agree that health care needs to be revised and improved and if the GOP had done their job and worked along side of Obama then we might not have been in the situation. Climate change is real and it isn’t a luxury but a necessity if you want a planet left to live on or at least your children depending on how old you are.

        • Nerwen Aldarion says:

          The GOP was willing to work with Obama, in fact there was the so called “Health Care Summit” Where they presented their ideas on how to reform Healthcare. Obama’s response was “I won”

          When a republican was elected to the Massachusetts senate for the first time in 40+ solely because he opposed Obamacare did Obama and the Dems recognize that the people weren’t happy with the proposal? No! They instead rammed it through, without a SINGLE GOP vote. What happened in the midterms? The biggest midterm election in history where the GOP won over 900 seats in the House, Senate, Governorship and State representatives.

          We were told that we could keep our doctor. But that was a lie, more and more doctors are refusing to accept Obamacare because they cannot afford it.
          We were told premiums would go down. But they have gone up 60% on average this year alone with a staggering 120% average over the last two years.
          We were told we would have more options. But more and more insurance companies are dropping Obamacare because it is not sustainable. 1 in 4 Americans only have ONE OPTION for insurance.

          How exactly is the GOP at fault for this when they tried to negotiate but were told their voices did not matter and then refused to vote for an unsustainable program that they warned would fail and the majority of citizens rejected outright?

          The Dems own Obamacare and it is failing.

          • HAP says:

            The GOP was never willing to work with Obama for 8 years.

          • Jgr says:

            Got that right.

          • Angela says:

            The GOP was willing to work with Obama
            .
            No. No, they were not. Not even close. When Obama became president eight years ago the right automatically vowed to make him a one-term president and showed absolutely no respect for him whatsoever.
            .
            And the reason Obamacare has the problems it does is precisely BECAUSE of the proposed suggestions the Republicans put forward. Obama was forced to water the whole idea down so significantly to even TRY and get any Republican support, he took on more of their ideas in the end than they did his, and that’s why we’ve got the issues with it that we do as a result. So if you’re looking for someone to blame for that, you need to look at the Republicans.

      • Boiler says:

        Haz are you kidding. Scraping by if under $250,000. You must have added a zero or you are just dumb. Lastly don’t believe what the internet says but IF you do the same for Trump

        • Haz says:

          No you are sorry but I think half you people are ignorant to the fact that the many who sit back and keep quiet and fed up and fought back with their vote. For every person who expresses their opinions in a comment section or on Twitter there are many who never say anything.

      • DL says:

        When normal hard-working Americans have to start moving en masse from their flooded homes because of rising sea levels, will they have the luxury to worry about climate change then? America already has “climate refugees” — just Google it. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road for short-term gains. We should be focusing on expanding new clean job sectors, not putting all our eggs back in fossil fuels. Even if you don’t buy climate change, they’re finite resources. When we run out of oil supplies, shouldn’t we already have alternatives in place?

      • Zayne says:

        Lol, wtf do you do with your money? I don’t make a quarter of that and live very comfortably.

  4. Maria says:

    Don’t really want to think of The Donald and sex at the same time. Eeeeeewwwwwwww…

  5. I think the spoiled children who are protesting are simply mad because they did not get what they wanted.They need to grow up and realize that their candidate lost.I am delighted that we have started to take our country back. After all that I have started a crowd funding site to pay for one way tickets for all those who want to leave.I have over 500000.00 in it already.When you do go do not let the door hit you on your way out.

    • Mary says:

      You could not be more wrong but it is not worth explaining to someone who refuse or cannot comprehend what they are saying. You might want to save that money for yourself because you might not get what your hoping for.

  6. R.O.B. says:

    These idiots are rioting for the sake of rioting. Portland is one of the most liberal cities in the country and they are out there with “Love Trumps Peace” signs smashing windows and looting businesses of people that probably poured their hearts and dollars into the Clinton campaign. This needs to stop. We need to start seeing this for what it is and stop putting people on pedestals because of the color of their skin or because you are a reporter and you feel for them. Riots are not peaceful protest.

    • dank16 says:

      You are exactly right and that is the problem. The cities where all of these “protests” are raging…Portland, Los Angeles, Berkley, Seattle, Chicago and New York…are all among the most liberal cities in America, but what they fail to realize is that just because they, and all those surrounding them in these liberal havens may believe that everyone in the country must feel exactly like they do, that’s just not reality. They are all now whining about how Hillary won the popular vote so she should be president, but they ignore that fact that she only won by 0.2% out of 120 million votes cast, and that 3 million of her “winning” votes came from 2 states…NY and CA. So when you take that into account she actually lost the popular vote in all the other states and territories by over 2.5 million votes. The election of the leader of our country shouldn’t be decided soley by desires of 2 obviously 1 sided states.

      • R.O.B. says:

        Well said, dank16. I feel the same way about the all-or-nothing aspect of the electoral college, where the majority of counties and rural areas tend to lose to the cities. Clinton can wil just over half the people in California and yet all 55 of the electoral votes for that state go to her. The winner should get bumped up to the next highest ten percent and the loser should take the lower percent. So if Hillary wins 53% of a state, she should get 60% of the electoral votes and Trump 40%, and vice versa. You get an electoral advantage as the winner of that state, but if you voted for the other candidate, your vote still counts for something in the national election. My vote in Washington state is virtually useless because we are at the whim of King County.

  7. cuius says:

    Perhaps some of the late night show hosts should review their recent shows to find a catalyst for the protests – there’s comedy, there’s satire, but some of the comment has been over the top. The ratings for some of the shows reflect the audience dissatisfaction

  8. I feel by some people’s assertion that these people are rioting because a few stupidly broke some stuff and that means we shouldn’t at least listen to them; means we should have never listened to the people at the Boston tea party because they destroyed property and we would have never got into the revolutionary war and still be under British control.

    • DL says:

      Well said. People pointing to a few bozos in order to invalidate thousands of perfectly peaceful protesters is extremely reductive, and totally missing the point.

    • Christa0001 says:

      The Boston Tea Party folks and the rioters are NOT the same. How dare you compare the two.

      These rioters are breaking into businesses, STEALING everything that isn’t nailed down. NOT THE SAME.

  9. sunshine says:

    He is calling for Democrats to act like sane, mature, intelligent people and protest politely to show your opposition while bringing pride to your party. Act like good sports who played hard and lost the game but are a team to go on into the future. Makes sense to me, especially since the election is over and these protests won’t accomplish anything concrete.

  10. Thanh says:

    Seriously, the protestors are going too far. Not everyone is happy with the result, and peaceful protests to show grievances is one thing, but when there’s disturbing signage and effigy “deaths”, threats to the new president-elect and his family, and eruptions of violence; then their message has been lost and they are just showing the world the worst side of America. Our democratic process has chosen our leader. Time to heal, reunite, and as a whole, try to get on with our lives. Trump hasn’t even done anything in office yet. Take a chill pill and wait and see. I’m hoping he’ll surprise everyone and be better at this than many are expecting.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Dear America,
    I know that there are many people upset by the election, and our new president elect. I always felt Trump was bad…and I also felt Hillary was bad… It was the lesser of two evils that someone would vote for. No one in this presidential race was respectable for many valid reasons. With that being said, I believe in America and democracy… Here in America those are our principles. America was founded on democracy. Which means that America spoke… Trump is our new president. So whether we like it or not, we should unite and move forward. I hope that President Trump can deliver on some of his more promising promises he’s made. In four years perhaps we will vote someone else in. But again, please let me remind you about democracy… and what separates us from other countries. Just because a person does not agree with the choice for the president that was elected, does not mean that it’s ok to turn renegade and rebellious and turn their back on the process… Again America was founded on democracy. It just crushes me to see these destructive protests as well as “not my president” on social media. This is not what America stands for. So again, whether you voted Trump or not, let’s unite in America and move forward please.

  12. grazelled says:

    It’s great that Trevor Noah asked the protesters to stop being violent whatever the reason. My question is why hasn’t the president said anything yet. His is the only voice that has any real power to stop this violent type of protesting and turn it into something more peaceful.

    • KatsMom says:

      By “president” do you mean Trump or Obama? I think that Trump is the only one in a position to tell people that he will be a president for all and he condemns every bigoted act that has been performed in his name. (And maybe that’s what you were suggesting too?) Demonstrating that he’s capable of being a grown-up, hearing the protestors’ concerns, and responding to them would go a lot further calming people’s nerves than Obama reiterating the things he’s already said about giving the president-elect a chance, peaceful transfers of power, etc.

      • momof2 says:

        Thanks for saying exactly what I’m thinking. Trump has shown authoritarian tendencies in his campaign, and his denouncing protesters before backtracking with second tweet scares me. I’ve never protested in my life, but this is the only time I think that they might be useful, to show him he doesn’t have absolute power. If he shows us by denouncing all hate that’s seen in his name, and making sensible cabinet picks, there doesn’t need to be protests anymore, for now.