The Republican National Convention kicked off on Tuesday morning, and Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," was along for the ride, fielding questions from the press.
Noah discussed a wide array of issues, including who he'd vote for if he could (he's South African and, thus, can't vote). He was reluctant to give any candidate a direct or explicit endorsement, but he did indicate he finds Hillary Clinton a far less risky choice than Donald Trump.
Highlighting the fact he's not an American and in many ways has the perspective of an outsider on this election, Noah stated,
As a person of the world, I can say Hillary Clinton is a person that does not frighten us.
Noah told Elite Daily he believes the nature of American politics is "too convoluted" and "too influenced by outside forces," like money. The late-night host made it clear he believes campaign finance reform is necessary and vital to the health of the US electoral process.
He also made a point about the US that captured precisely why it's so very divided right now, saying,
[The US] is like 50 countries masquerading as one.
With a single sentence, Noah was able to pinpoint how disunited this country is. Along this line, perhaps if we began to recognize how big and diverse the US truly is, we might begin to overcome some of the major issues we currently face as a nation.
But, in spite of the struggles ahead for America, it was clear Noah doesn't think we should fall into despair. The South African comedian was actually quite vehement about young people participating in this election, even if they aren't happy with the current crop of candidates.
As he explained it, not voting is essentially like letting others vote for you, and it's important young people get involved in the electoral process as early as possible to ensure their voices and concerns are heard.
He encouraged people considering third-party candidates, like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, to thoroughly examine their positions on the issues before making such choices. Noah also said he really hoped to have both of these candidates on his show as soon as possible.
Just asked @Trevornoah if he'll have third-party candidates, Stein and Johnson, on @TheDailyShow. He said yes, he can't wait to. #RNCinCLE — John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) July 18, 2016
So, while the world and our country might feel fairly chaotic at the moment, what Noah said on Monday should remind all of us it's more important than ever to get involved in the political process.
Simply put: VOTE.