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You're listening to Comedy Central now. Hey, everybody, welcome to The Daily Social Distancing Show. I'm Trevor Noah. It is Wednesday, August twenty six. And here's your quarantine tip of the day. If you're going back to college but you don't want to get Korona, just become a philosophy major that way. No one wants to be around you anyway. Tonight's episode we cover day two of the RNC. Jordan Klepper investigates another way America's elections are screwed.

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And then we take a look at the chaos in Kenosha. So let's do this, people. Welcome to the Daily Social Distancing Show.

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Charters Towers in New York City, take your own account somewhere in the world. The daily social distancing show presents. The Republican National Convention celebrating February's record. Yesterday was night two of the Republican National Convention, the biggest week for Trump campaign staffers who aren't currently in prison. And the lights got off to a rocky start when one speaker was pulled at the last minute for tweeting out an anti-Semitic kuhnen conspiracy theory. And I, for one, am really glad because I don't know about you.

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But when I sit down to watch the Republican National Convention, I don't want to hear anything crazy. But I'm worried that this does set a dangerous precedent because now there's a ninety five percent chance that Trump also gets the boot come Thursday. That wasn't a tweet. I just retweeted it because what's wrong with you? But after that, Rocky starts, who better to smooth things over than Vice President of the United States and elevator music in human form? Mr.

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Mike Pence Pence appeared in a video that was too boring for me to remember what happened, except that he was standing outside Abraham Lincoln's boyhood cabin. And he also took the bold step of appearing alone with a woman who was not a mother or, as he calls it, doggy style. Then later on, there was a segment making the case that Trump is also a feminist hero because he's hired a bunch of women. And although some people might argue, you have to admit Trump is an ally to women, just look at the facts.

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He appointed a young up and coming woman to a high level position. Despite having zero experience, he gave women like Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Sanders the opportunity to lie to the American people, a job traditionally reserved for men. And he alone stood by Guillame Maxwell when no one else would. If that doesn't make him a feminist and maybe I don't know what the word means, but the main events of the evening was the speech from first lady and woman who just betrayed James Bond, Melania Trump.

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She showed once again why she is the most popular Trump.

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I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically. The invisible enemy covid-19 swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one, and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering. I don't want to use this precious time attacking the other side because as we saw last week, that kind of talk only serves to divide the country further. This modern world is moving so fast and our children face challenges that seem to change every few months.

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Just like me, I know many of you watch how mean and manipulative social media can be. We all know Donald Trump makes no secrets about how he feels about things. Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president.

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OK, is it just me or does every Melania speech seem like she's taking shots at her husband? She called it covid-19 instead of China virus. She said people on social media are too mean and she said that America deserves an honest president. I was watching this like, damn, she may have gotten rid of the trees in the Rose Garden, but she made sure to bring her own shade. I mean, no wonder Trump was sitting there the whole time looking like he was watching his own colonoscopy.

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But aside from Trump, it turns out that a lot of people really loved Melania's speech.

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And Melania Trump delivered a very impressive speech from the Rose Garden.

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The White House addressing pointedly and movingly the number one crisis issue facing the United States right now, the coronavirus.

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And she did touch on and did speak to the reality that is going on in a way that we haven't heard many other if any other speakers really do. She acknowledged where people are feeling.

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Yes, it's true. Melania spoke with optimism and empathy when everyone else was dark and fearful.

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It's almost like when they went low, she went higher hum. I heard that somewhere before.

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And I know right now you might be saying, come on, Trevor, why does Melania deserve praise for just sympathizing with coronavirus victims? Well, I'll tell you why. Have you seen the rest of the convention? All right. Everyone else is acting like the pandemic never happened or that it magically ended a long time ago. Like, I know the bar is low, but at least she stepped over it. It's easy to be best when everyone else is being worst.

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And maybe you don't think Melania's sympathy is worth anything, but sympathy is all she can offer because she doesn't have any power. And don't tell me no. She should force Trump to do more about Korona. Guys, Melania can't make Trump do shit. If she had any power, do you think she would let him dress the way he does? I mean, look at them. Melania looks like she's got fashion designers on speed dial, whereas Trump looks like he stole his suit of.

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A parade balloon version of himself now Melania wasn't the only Trump family member who spoke last night. We also heard from the president's youngest daughter, Tiffany, who said she was having difficulty finding a job right now.

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I mean, dude, can't her dad at least hook up with a job in the mailroom or I guess in this case, a job sabotaging the mailroom? And of course, there was an appearance by the ultimate forgotten man, Eric Trump, who took full advantage of the fact that perhaps for the first time in years, his dad was probably listening to him.

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In closing, I'd like to speak directly to my father. I miss working alongside you every single day, but I'm damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight. I'm proud of what you were doing for this country. I'm proud to show my children what their grandfather is fighting for. You are making America strong again. You are making America safe again. You are making America proud again. I love you very much. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

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Man, I feel bad for Eric. Imagine having to talk to your dad through the TV. It's sad because you can talk to someone through a TV, but there's no way to know if they're listening. Isn't that right, Jaylo? That's nice of you to say, I miss you, too, and knowing the Donald, Eric's speech is probably the exact moment he decided to go to the concession stand to get more nachos. But aside from the Trump kids trying to on a thank you text from their dad, the Republican convention so far has been a standard affair.

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You know, just a lot of speeches and promotional videos. But last night there was one big issue that overshadowed the whole thing.

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President Trump and the Republican Party may have violated a federal law meant to separate government functions from political ones.

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The president hosting a naturalization ceremony from inside the White House with the Marines, using his power as president to pardon a bank robber turned activists. Democratic members of Congress this morning are set to investigate whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke any laws by speaking from Israel.

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The White House was used as a prominent backdrop in multiple official duties, were conducted at a campaign event, which is possibly a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from participating in some political activities while on the job. But it is worth noting that President Trump has the final say to determine if someone violated the Hatch Act, and he has made clear that positive optics outweigh any potential ethics violations.

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Wait, hold up. Hold up. So the person who determines whether there's an ethics violation is the person who's committing the ethics violations. You know, sometimes America seems like the most advanced country with its laws and checks and balances. But every now and again you like. Wait. Did no one to notice this? It's almost like America's laws were designed by the same people who designed the Death Star. This is an impenetrable and flawlessly designed system. But we're going to leave a little gap in here so somebody can come in and blow the whole thing up.

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That's just going to be for one movie, right? No, no, no. All the movies keeps things interesting.

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And look, I get why Trump wants to do these events is good TV.

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I mean, that lives surprise. Pardon. That has some strong Roman emperor energy. Plus, I'm not going to light that naturalization ceremony that was inspiring because say what you want.

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Becoming an American citizen is a long and hard process. So congratulations to those people. Plus, it's extra cool having Donald Trump give your naturalization ceremony, because as soon as it's done, he's also the guy he'll tell you to go back to where you came from. So it's a full service experience. I know. I know that most people don't give a shit about the Hatch Act, and I get it. But the idea behind it is pretty cool.

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The idea is that taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for the presidential campaign of a guy that they might not support. I mean, think about it. American taxpayers paid for the Rose Garden. American taxpayers pay for the secretary of state's travels. So those things shouldn't be used for partisan purposes. It should be used for nonpartisan things like Easter egg hunts or presenting fake evidence to get America into a war. And even more importantly, the president shouldn't treat powers like granting pardons or naturalizing immigrants as personal favors that he can hand out to get votes for himself, because that's not the leader's job in a democracy.

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And if Trump can't be bothered to maintain even the cosmetic appearance of democracy, it's not his second term that people should be worried about. It's his third and his fourth. All right. We're going to take a quick break. But when we come back, we'll talk about what's happening in Kenosha, Sustagen.

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Welcome back to the daily social distancing show after the George Floyd protests, which swept not only the US but many countries around the world, there was definitely a sense that this could be the moment of systemic change. Cops marched with protesters, city councils discussed alternatives to police, and most importantly, pancake syrup became a joke. But as we've been reminded of yet again, there were still a long way to go.

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Disturbing video throwing a city into turmoil. A black man walking away from police shot repeatedly while reaching into his car. Kenosha, Wisconsin, police responding to a domestic incident at about five o'clock Sunday evening.

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At least two officers with their guns drawn followed him as he walked around the front of his gray SUV, then at least seven shots.

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Blake's family now says the twenty nine year old spinal cord is severed and that he's paralyzed from the waist down, though doctors aren't sure it's permanent. His family is now demanding the officers involved in Sunday's shooting captured on the cell phone video be fired. And the one who shot Blake in the back be arrested.

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No matter how many times I watch these videos, I'll never get used to how quickly police go from issuing commands to using deadly force, like whatever happened to warning shots or tackling a suspect.

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Like we really meant to believe that the only two options a cop has is do nothing or shoot somebody in the back seven times. That's all we have. I mean, think about it. Even when wild animals are loose on the streets, they don't always shoot to kill. They have tranquilizers, they have nets. I never thought I would wish for black people to be treated at least like a wild bear. But here we are. And I know people are questioning why Blake didn't just follow the police's orders.

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Just listen to the cops and you'll be fine. And look, I don't know why he didn't I don't know. Maybe he was worried because he had outstanding warrants. Maybe it's because he knows what happened to George Floyd when he did follow the police's orders. Maybe he just wanted to get his sunglasses.

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It doesn't matter to the police because they jumped straight to this black man is going to try kill us if we don't kill him first, like let's say for argument's sake, that they shot Jacob Blake to stop him from reaching his car. And let's ignore for a second.

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But that's a terrible, inhumane way to stop somebody from reaching into their car. They shot him seven times. What purpose? Two bullets, two, three, four, five, six and seven serve. Either way, Blake's moved toward his car, made them see him as a threat, but as his sister reminded us, they forgot to also see him as a human being.

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I am my brother's keeper. And when you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say father. Make sure you say cousin. Make sure you say son. Make sure you say uncle. But most importantly, make sure you say human human life. Let it marinate in your mouth, in your minds, a human life. So many people have reached out to me telling me they're sorry that this happened to my family. Well, don't be sorry, because this has been happening to my family for a long time, longer than I can't account for.

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It happened to me to get me to lose my family for Orlando, Mike Brown, Sandra, this has been happening to my family and I shed tears for every single one of these people that has happened to me. This is nothing new. I'm not sad. I'm not sorry. I'm angry and I'm tired. I haven't cried one time. I stopped crying years ago. I am numb. I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years.

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I'm not sad. I don't want your pity.

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I want change was a powerful words. Those are words filled with pain. And it only makes sense that Jacob's sister is angry because not only have black people been mistreated for generations by the police, but because there's almost never any police accountability. These incidents remain an open wound and the pain and the anger just builds and builds with no closure or relief. Black people are tired of hearing I'm sorry, and then nothing happening because essentially what they really hearing is I'm sorry this is happening and I'm sorry that it's going to happen again.

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And it's because of the frustration and anger and pain that once again people took to the streets to express their rage, outrage igniting in Kenosha, a city on fire, rioters smashing traffic lights, storming businesses, looting, torching buildings and cars carrying one.

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We have multiple cars on fire as demonstrators faced off with police attentions, quickly escalating authorities, pepper spraying civilians. The entire site, as you can see, still smoldering. And firefighters are still running around town dealing with several sites just like this one. The governor deployed one hundred twenty five members of the National Guard here yesterday to help as those peaceful protests during the day turned destructive after the eight p.m. curfew.

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Yes, for three days now, the streets of Kenosha have been ablaze. And although there have been peaceful protests, I mean, that inevitably gets overshadowed when there's so much civil unrest. So once again, the pattern repeats itself. An unarmed black person is shot by the cops. In response, people go into the streets, more law enforcement is sent in and the chaos only continues to grow. I could tell you the story with my eyes closed by now.

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Like, if I wanted to, I could prerecord five of these segments, go on vacation, and you'd probably never know. And in this situation, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse last night, it did. Breaking news, a very dangerous situation in Wisconsin. Two people are dead in clashes that may have involved armed vigilantes, people who may have moved into that city to counter the protests following the police shooting of Jacob Lake.

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The sheriff used the word militia to describe some of the people who may have been involved in last night's shooting.

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We've just learned that a 17 year old has been charged with first degree murder and at least one of those killings last night.

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And we now have seen since social media, media video of a man with a long gun strapped across his chest, running down the street or walking down the street and being chased by people who are yelling, he's shooting. He shot someone. The man tripped, falls on his own. People still try to come and apprehend him and get him. He then fires again at point blank range at two more people, and then the man continues to walk down the street.

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He is a white man with a huge gun strapped across his chest with his hands up. As you see, police vehicles, not one, not two, but three vehicles who are coming towards him. He has his hands up with his gun. People are yelling, he shot someone, he shot someone, and police pass him by. There are a lot of questions here as to why he wasn't apprehended at that time.

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That's right. Last night's some guy decided to drive to Kenosha with his militia buddies to protect a business and apparently ended up shooting three people and killing two. But don't worry, the business is OK. And let me tell you something, no one drives into a city with guns because they love someone else's business that much, that's some bullshit no one has ever thought, oh, it's my solemn duty to pick up a rifle and protect that TJ Max. They do it because they're hoping to shoot someone.

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That's the only reason people like him join these gangs in the first place. And yes, I said it, a gang enough with this militia bullshit. This isn't the Battle of Yorktown. It's a bunch of dudes threatening people with guns.

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And what would happen with those shootings last night is tragic, what happened afterwards is illuminating. Because it made me wonder it really made me wonder why some people get shot seven times in the back while other people are treated like human beings and reasoned with and taken into custody with no bullets in their bodies. How come Jacob Blake was seen as a deadly threat for a theoretical gun that he might have and might try to commit a crime with, but this gunman who was armed and had already shot people who had shown that he is a threat, was arrested the next day, given full due process of the law and generally treated like a human being whose life, Mrs.

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. How to Dylan Roof shoot up a church, James Holmes shoot up a movie theater and both live to tell about it. Why is it that the police decide that some threats must be extinguished immediately while other threats get the privilege of being diffused?

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I'm asking these questions, but I feel like we know the answer. The answer is that the gun doesn't matter as much as who is holding the gun, because to some people, black skin is the most threatening weapon of all. When we come back, Jordan Klepper looks into how the government is enforcing campaign finance laws. Spoiler alert it's not.

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Don't go away. Welcome back to the Daily Social Distancing Show, everyone knows that billions are spent getting a man elected president, 20 20 is on track to be the most expensive election ever. But where is all this money coming from and is it being used legally?

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Well, it's usually the job of the Federal Election Commission, the FEC, to monitor all of the spending. But this year, there's one tiny little problem. Jordan Klepper has more. The Federal Election Commission has regulated our campaign finance laws and protected our democracy since 1975. They can investigate political campaigns, audit donations and find campaigns that break established laws, but is not always run so smoothly. Back in my prepubescent pre 20 20 baby skin, I talked to the FEC and learned that thanks to partisanship, the three Democrats and three Republicans running the place were not getting shit done.

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The FEC is enormously dysfunctional and you imagine working in a place like that, those poor bastards. I'm the chair of the Federal Election Commission.

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Well, but that was a long time ago. I wanted to see how the FEC was handling this year's election. So I sat down with the longest tenured FEC commissioner, Ellen Weintraub.

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Ellen, the last time we talked, the FEC was having some issues, recalling that correctly.

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You are the FEC was having trouble coming to consensus on important issues and we would tend to break down on party lines and split.

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Are you guys still deadlocked? Three and three? Well, no, actually, we're not great. Great news in this. The most important election in our time. The FEC is no longer deadlocked. They can move forward and protect this country.

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Well, not so fast. Shit. The reality is that the reason we are not deadlocked is that we don't have enough commissioners to deadlock.

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That feels like a step back. It's not good.

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The reason they're not fully staffed is because they need President Trump to nominate and the Senate to confirm new commissioners. So just how many commissioners do we have monitoring the enormous sums of money pouring into our election this year?

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We only have three commissioners and it takes four to make most of our important decisions. I worry that without a quorum at the FEC that people may be feeling emboldened to push the envelope more.

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And if somebody goes over the line, then somebody can file a complaint and when we get a quorum, we can decide what to do with it.

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Well, you guys are like a mall cop. You see somebody doing something wrong. I'm like, hey, stop it. I'll remember your face.

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And someday when we get a quorum. We'll be back someday. So for now, the FCC enforcement of campaign finance laws is just kind of theoretical, but is there anything else about this election we should be ready for?

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It's going to be a challenging election. I think that we have come to expect that we're going to get the big reveal on November 3rd at the end of the Election Day that the polls close and we get the results. There's going to be this huge number of absentee ballots that will have to be processed.

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But I want to know now you're going to have to be patient. America does have five million patients the last time I watch the news. So that is something we do have.

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So here we are. The FEC commissioner can't practice her regulatory skills in the real world. And I need to learn to wait. But what if we both spent time in a fantasy world where Commissioner Weintraub could practice her regulatory magic and I could kill lots of time.

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I have an idea at. Alan Dandi and I were, of course, talking about donors and demagogues, democracy in decline.

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OK, she is so excited after all, what better way for an FCC commissioner to get things done right now than in my home? And we'll play a game centered on the toxic Washington, D.C. swamp. This is going to be epic. Richard Cloke.

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I sent you a quote.

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Yeah, I'm not going to wear the cloak, but just do it as your regular self. All right, Alan, so this game is about the dangerous realm of Washington, D.C. and your character is a brave bureaucrat. I imagine you find yourself in a trump in you see this little goblin known formally as Giuliani. He's sitting with a bunch of Ukrainian guys and they're handing files to him that say for Trump's campaign, do you use the fire sword or submit a strongly worded opinion or something else?

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I want to find the facts, Julian. I want to invest. You want to cast an investigation spell? Yeah. Yeah. Roll your dice. Played in a one legged multiply them. Eight divide by the one. Eight, can you fail? OK, the game was tense, ealand oversight skills are substantial, but is she committed to the quest? How was your Mede doing?

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Yeah, no, Moeed just doesn't feel like you're matching my energy up like fun and fantasy. But we don't match it. And I feel like kind of a weirdo was wearing a cloak.

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After barely seven hours of gameplay, the journey was nearing its end. There's a parks across the land. The evil Orange Hospital leader Troll has blocked the male Ravens from delivering the ballots. Woosh you cast your vote spell, but the voting day festival has ended and it has no clear winner. What do you do? Do you take the fire sword to the full entire place and then move to the land of the the socialized medicine? Or do you cast a patient spell and wait for the results?

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They are sort. Suppliers or suppliers? I'm going with the patients. You take the firestorm and you move up to Canada, for God's sake. It's easy.

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Not really a firestorm type.

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OK, fair enough. I guess some people can't cut it in the fantasy world and should keep to regulating the much more frightening real Washington, D.C. swamp.

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Thank you so much, Sean. All right. We have to take a quick break. But when we come back, I'll be talking to the super talented Ramzi Yousef about his groundbreaking Emmy nominations.

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Stick around. Welcome back to the Daily Social Distancing Show. So earlier today, I spoke with actor and comedian Rami Yusuf, his Hulu series, Rumi, is the first Muslim American sitcom to receive an Emmy nomination as 20/20.

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They don't want a man like me anymore to get up too much. He's too much a man, you know, so people are afraid to say, want a man like you, the man who feels a little bit like a woman but is still officially a man, maybe transsexual. You know, this is good, which is why I want you to join me and become a small little partner. And sister is your future. Rami Yusuf, welcome to the daily social distancing show that sits too much distance, but I feel like we should have been closer.

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But where are we going to?

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Do we actually I think you actually lucky that we're not closer because I'm such a big fan of the show that I would have been one of those nauseating fans who would have been asking too many questions. I would have been all over you because like I remember when Rumi first came out, first came out, a few people were talking about him. But I just stumbled across the show and I was like I was running around preaching to people. You've got to watch Rumi, you've got to watch Rome.

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You've got to watch Rumi. And now, I mean, it's widely accepted. Yeah. Rumi as much must watch viewing. What has that journey been like for you from going, you know, creating a show about a Muslim millennial in New Jersey and the Muslim world as a comedy? You know, now being a show that people just go like, yeah, yeah, this is normal because let's be honest, it wasn't normal like a few years ago when you decided to do this.

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No.

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And it it still really shocks me. Like, there are definitely moments where people are talking about the show a lot. It's getting a lot of recognition. People are excited about it. And I'm like the guys, this is a show about like an Arab Muslim dude that watches too much porn. Like, I can't believe that this many people are looking at it. The thing that's probably most overwhelming is the international love, because I think, like, here, it's like awesome.

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You know, whatever we got publicists and all of this. But for me, when my aunt calls me and she's like, Egypt's watching the show and I'm like, have you seen it? And she's like, not yet. And I'm like, thank God. But she's like she's like, I hear the kids are watching and I'm like, good.

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It's just let them watch it. That's that's really special.

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I think what I found special about the show and this is probably what connects to so many people is it's not just the story of an Arab Muslim kid growing up in New Jersey. It's also the story of a community that for so long has been seen through one lens. Can you take us into a world where we see human beings, we see the complexities of Islam, you know, we see the complexities of different generations and how they relate to the religion.

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And then the cultures that come like that's not an easy thing to do, was they have a part of you that was afraid to either tell the story incorrectly to an outside audience or piss off the inside audience.

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Yeah, I mean, that's kind of the tightrope walk that we're constantly walking with this show because we we haven't really had any chance at seeing ourselves on screen in a story that doesn't involve explosives or national security. To your question about was I nervous or I'm really nervous because I know that Muslims are such a vast group of people.

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You know, people say, like, what does the Muslim community think about your show?

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And I'm like, right, it's not a pop band. Like, there are a lot of different Muslim communities, like it's not just this one, this one thing. And so we kind of made the choice pretty early on that, like, we're not going to try and check all the boxes. You know, this isn't a census. This is in a totality of something that can't be encompassed, really. This is just the story of this family.

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And we're really going to kind of humanize them by watching them deal with their problems in the way that everyone does.

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What makes the show successful for me is, is that it follows the golden rule of telling a story and that is showing the human beings who exist within the story. What I loved was how even in your story, the Rumi that you play when he went to Egypt, he himself realized that he had stereotypes and connotations of his own family in Egypt in a way that he didn't even realize to take it to Egypt and then have like an Egyptian family who are fans of Donald Trump.

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And all of America is going Donald Trump is the worst president. And here you have Arabs somewhere in the world saying this guy is the best guy, even though he wants to ban all Muslims. Why was that so important for you to do that?

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I remember being in the back of a cab in Cairo in twenty fifteen, and then this guy just being like, he's a strong man.

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And I was like, whoa, all right. I think we're just used to dictators and he just kind of matches the vibe. But but he's not what we need. We know he's not. And I think most of us feel that on a certain, you know, with a certain clarity. And I think something that I really wanted to do in making a story about a family we hadn't seen before was I wanted to be clear that I'm not trying to make something that's some sort of like PR hit to make us look good and and make it seem like we deserve we deserve to be in this country.

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Give us a shot. Like look how cute we are on Rahmi on Hulu. That's not that's not a real portrayal. That's that's propaganda in and of itself. You know, for me, it's how do I make something that is challenging my character, that is putting him in situations where he seeing his own biases, he's seeing his flaws. And and that really gets highlighted when he goes to Cairo, because I think the show is more about someone trying to fill the gap between who they want to be and who they actually are.

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Then it is a show of. Out Muslims, I would be remiss if I didn't mention some of the breakout stars of your shows of the show, and one of those characters has to be Steve. We meet your best friend in the show who's in a wheelchair. And already, you know, from TV and movies we've watched, we think we have an idea of who this person should be. But he's he's like a full fledged character in that.

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Like, there's times when he's an asshole this time and we like him times when we don't like him, times when we feel sorry for him, times and we forget that he has a disability. Tell me a little bit about how he came to be in the show and why you felt it was so important for him to get his own show.

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Well, in terms of him getting his own show, that was just straight up him bullying me into it. He was like, you have the power to do something now and this is going to be the first thing you do. And so that that there's not really there's no option there for me. But, you know, I've known Steve since we were in third grade. We grew up five minutes from each other. We went to school together. We actually learned how to make things together in high school.

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And I think what was really exciting for us in the show is so many times in sitcoms you see an ethnic best friend. And in this show, we're predominantly with an Arab cast that's speaking Arabic. And we're like, all right, I guess we're going to have to have the white best friend. But but it was really funny to kind of pitch him as the white best friend. And he also has muscular dystrophy. But really what he is, is he's the one.

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That's right. And also in a show where the lead character believes in God, it's really interesting to have someone who doesn't. And his reasoning is very rooted in something where he's like, well, why would I believe that if this is how I act? And then in making something for him, what's really cool is, again, flipping this idea where, OK, now we have in my show, I think he's a disservice. I love my show and I'm also like, we don't do enough for him, just the disabled best friend.

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I want to make a show where what would it look like where able-bodied people are the side characters. And now we get to flip this again and we get to see a totally, wholly new perspective. And so we're putting together we're developing the show with Apple. And so, yeah, it's a world that we're really excited to crack open.

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Well, I'll say I've thoroughly enjoyed your journey, man, from being a comedian that some people spoke about like and word of mouth to being a Golden Globe winner and now stepping into it once again, three time Emmy nominated, best director, best acting, and then obviously with Mahershala Ali, makes it three for me. Congratulations on everything. And thank you so much for joining us on the show.

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Thanks, man. So, so good to see. Well, that's our show for tonight.

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But before we go, there are less than three months until the election and America is facing a nationwide poll worker shortage now because most poll workers are over 60 and coronaviruses still out there, they are understandably not showing up. But fewer poll workers means fewer polling stations are open and it means it's going to be longer lines that not everybody can afford to stay and wait in. The good news is most people working as paid, and in some states you can be as young as 16 to do it.

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So if you're interested and you have the time, this is your chance to save your democracy, protect your granny and get paid to until tomorrow. Stay safe out there, wear a mask. And if you're the president, please text your son. The Daily Show with Criminal airs edition once The Daily Show weeknights at 11:00, 10:00 Central on Comedy Central and the Comedy Central Watch full episodes and videos at The Daily Show Dotcom. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to The Daily Show on YouTube for exclusive content and more.

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