Trevor Noah says Ronald Reagan officially has ‘racist asterisk’ next to name

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah responded to the newly released recording of Ronald Reagan referring to African delegates of the United Nations as monkeys. The audio comes from a phone conversation between President Richard Nixon and the then California Governor, Ronald Reagan, discussing the UN’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China in 1971.

Since the recording surface, Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis has condemned her father's language. And the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation issued the statement, “If he said that 50 years ago, he shouldn't have, and he would be the first person to apologize."

Noah thought that was a strange statement to make because Reagan should be the “only person to apologize.” Noah also dismissed the implication that Reagan may not have said the things in the audio recording. “They're like, ‘If he said,’” said Noah, “There's a recording! He said the thing.”

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A Ronald Reagan hologram has been unveiled at the California museum dedicated to the late US president
Former President Ronald Reagan appears in western attire, as he might appear at his Santa Barbara ranch, but as a hologram, on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The Reagan Library says it worked with the same Hollywood special effects wizards who helped bring singers Michael Jackson, Maria Callas and Roy Orbison back to life on stage. Officials say the goal is to allow visitors to see Reagan back in the Oval Office, campaigning or at his beloved ranch. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
A hologram of Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at his namesake library in Southern California. Hollywood special effects expertise is behind the moving, talking, digital resurrection. Reagan's face comes to life via specific movements of the mouth, nose, eyes, cheeks and hairline manipulated by computers. The library worked with the same special-effects technicians who helped bring singers like Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday and Roy Orbison back to life on stage. The Hollywood firm HologramUSA helped create the holograms and the stage on which they're projected. Two more Reagan holograms are to appear soon at the library, which is Reagan's final resting place since his death in 2004.
Former President Ronald Reagan appears on a railcar platform making a speech during a whistle stop on the campaign trail, but as a hologram, on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The Reagan Library says it worked with the same Hollywood special effects wizards who helped bring singers Michael Jackson, Maria Callas and Roy Orbison back to life on stage. Officials say the goal is to allow visitors to see Reagan back in the Oval Office, campaigning or at his beloved ranch. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
Models of former US President Ronald Reagan that were used in creating Holograms are seen at a media preview on October 10, 2018, one day before the exhibition opens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President Ronald Reagan is recreated via Hologram technology during a media preview on October 10, 2018, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. - Reagan appears in three scenes at the presentation, including this scene from a 1984 where he he campaigned from the Ferdinand Magellan Railcar on a campaign trip through Ohio. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Noah also pointed out other US presidents who have been accused of being racist, saying, “Woodrow Wilson was a segregationist, Andrew Jackson wiped out Native Americans, Thomas Jefferson had sex with his slaves, and George H.W. Bush shot Tupac.” The last was of course a joke.

Noah wasn’t laughing too much though, when he said “On the one hand, it is disturbing that America has a history of racist presidents, but look on the bright side-- it also means Donald Trump is more presidential than we thought.”

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah airs weeknights at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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