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News Of Trump's Indictment Gets A Standing Ovation On 'The Daily Show'

By Andrew Sanford | TV | March 31, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | March 31, 2023 |


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When Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the Presidential election in 2020, it was a cause for celebration. I went up to my roof that Saturday morning, smoked a bowl, and cheered loudly with other New Yorkers. People were yelling and honking horns and popping champagne on the sidewalk. My friends and I hit the streets, found a busy corner, and cheered and clapped with everyone else. It was a feeling of pure joy. Some people have been chasing that feeling ever since.

I don’t blame people for wanting to feel that good again. Since TFG’s loss, things haven’t been great. Armed insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Student Loan Forgiveness is dying a slow, painful death. Things in this country have sucked, so I understand looking for a bit of light. That light was found yesterday when the New York Grand Jury voted to indict TFG.

I won’t lie in saying that I was excited at first. I texted my best friend a link to the NYT article. His response was quick and brief, “[H]andcuffs or nah?” It’s a fair question! While it’s easy to get excited over the idea of Trump being arrested, it isn’t exactly guaranteed. We don’t even know (specifically) what he is being charged with (yet). Rich people are privy to a different kind of justice system than most, so TFG may end up fine. That didn’t stop the audience at last night’s Daily Show tapping from celebrating.

As pointed out on The Daily Show’s Twitter, the big announcement was made ten minutes before they were supposed to tape their show.

Current guest host John Leguizamo told the crowd that TFG had been indicted, and the whole room broke out in celebration. What followed was a quick round of jokes that were likely written ten minutes before showtime. They’re fine! Leguizamo isn’t the best at reading from cue cards, but dammit, a human ball of energy like Johnny Legs needs to be set free! He was not made for a desk. He was made for a big stage, filled entirely by his boundless vitality!

Again, I don’t fault anyone for getting excited. I just think everyone needs someone like my best friend to poor a bucket of cold water on the situation. We can be excited, just don’t start popping champagne bottles and smoking bowls on the roof (yet).