Weeks before Election Day, Jordan Klepper is still putting his life on the line to mock Trump supporters during the president’s increasingly irresponsible rallies.
After watching one of Trump’s infamous boat parades over the summer, the Daily show correspondent strapped on his mask and headed for Pennsylvania where he dragged the parking lot outside Harrisburg International Airport for the most embarrassing people he could find.
“The day Donald Trump likely contracted COVID at an event in the Rose Garden, he hosted a slightly different type of superspreader event,” Klepper explained. So he decided to go into this swing state “to see how many people had caught Trump’s version of reality.”
“Is there something 200,000 dead later that doesn’t work as well?” he asked a supplier of goods. When the answer came back no, he added, “It’s almost like the Trump thing isn’t affected by this at all.”
As the event neared, Klepper interviewed a series of Trump superfans from a respectable distance. In almost all cases, he was the only one wearing a mask. “So much excitement in the air,” he says. “So many droplets. You have the impression that people are going to feel this effect for weeks to come.
One man said he just forgot his mask in his car, but another young Trump supporter explained he just wasn’t worried about COVID-19. “Personally, I’m not worried, but my dad has some underlying health issues,” he told Klepper. “So if he understands, he’s going to be in trouble.” But for him, seeing Trump in person was just worth the risk.
He later blew this same supporter away by informing them that the President himself votes by mail when he claims that the mail ballots are inherently fraudulent.
“The effectiveness of Trump’s ‘herd mentality’ theory was fully on display,” Klepper said before interviewing a bearded man wearing an American hat who described himself as pro-life. If it’s “important that Americans do everything they can to protect human life,” then the comedian asked, “Why don’t you wear a mask?”
“It’s a personal choice, I think,” replied the Trump fan without irony. If “everyone” wore a mask at the rally, he said he would “respect their wishes” and put one on. “But we are not sheep,” he added.
“You are not a sheep,” Klepper says. “So you’re going to watch what everyone else is doing and you’re going to follow.”
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