Trevor Noah, who took over as the host of Comedy Central’s popular news satire “The Daily Show” from Jon Stewart in September, turned his attention to Maine in Monday night’s opening monologue.
Like commentators all over Maine and the rest of the country have been over the past week, Noah was offering his take on Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks that the state’s heroin crisis can be blamed on out-of-state dealers “with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty.”
While there have actually been arrests of out-of-state dealers with nicknames like those, the governor’s follow-up was what really drew the ire of many, saying “half the time, they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.”
LePage himself acknowledged that he could’ve chosen better words, but stopped short of apologizing, arguing the media did a disservice to their constituents by latching onto a verbal “slip-up” instead of the real issue of drug trafficking in Maine.
Trevor Noah counted himself among those critical of the governor, joking first that D-Money, Smoothie and Shifty sound like the names “of black dwarves.”
“Half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave?” Noah repeated incredulously. “What happens the other half of the time? What are you accusing them of? Being lazy? You think they’re just driving back and they say, ‘Oh, snap, that’s what I forgot: Impregnation!’
“And another thing, governor, why are you even mentioning this when talking about drugs?” he continued. “Heroin: That’s illegal. Interracial sex is legal. They’re equally addictive, but still, only one’s a crime.”
Monday’s episode wasn’t the first time LePage has been roasted on “The Daily Show” or another news-commentary spoof show on Comedy Central.
The governor was mocked by former “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert, for instance, when LePage in 2011 famously ordered a labor mural taken down from the walls of the Maine Department of Labor, and when in 2014 he complained that eight immigrant children had been placed by the federal government in Maine without the state’s permission.