This past week, we learned that Donald Trump appeared to lie himself onto the first-ever Forbes 400 list in 1982. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah thinks this tells you everything you need to know about the current president.
“Trump lies, it’s his nature,” Noah said. “It’s like being mad at the Pillsbury Doughboy for not having a dick: It wasn’t his choice, that’s just how he rolls.”
But the Forbes story, he added, is Trump’s “origin lie,” the “bullshit foundation” of his entire “bullshit career.” Back when he was just a young real-estate developer, Trump reportedly pretended that his father’s assets were his own in order to get on the magazine’s list of the country’s wealthiest people.
“Now, Trump lying to Forbes could easily be seen as just someone trying to boost his ego,” the host said. “But it turns out that Trump’s lie may have gotten him a whole lot more than just some flattering press.”
Noah described the revelation as “mind-blowing” because of the way it affected the rest of the president’s life. “Trump lied to get on the Forbes list,” he said. “Then the Forbes list cemented him as a mogul. And then he used his mogul status to get to the White House.”
“If I was a Trump supporter, this revelation would have me shook,” Noah added. “Because it turns out his entire origin story was fake.” They voted for a “rich guy who was always successful, not some trickster who lied his way onto the Forbes list.”
Getting inside the head of those Trump voters, Noah said, “If I find out he’s not racist, I’m going to be so mad.”