If you can't beat him, join him — That is comedian Trevor Noah’s advice to establishment Republican leaders about how to deal with Donald Trump.
On Wednesday’s episode of the Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Noah said that it might be time for the GOP to own up to their base’s soft spot for the brash front-runner and admit that his platform is not so different from their own.
"The more you look at it, the more it feels like Trump and the Republicans are in one of those romantic comedies," Noah said, "where they still don't realize that they're the perfect match for each other."
Noah then played a blistering montage of quotes from GOP leaders espousing many of the same policies and positions Donald Trump is now taking criticism for supporting. In the video, Republican officials advocate for Washington D.C. outsiders, praise business experience and use apocalyptic rhetoric about the state of the country — all major tenets of Trump's platform and stump speeches. Noah capped the segment with a cleverly edited video showing GOP leaders appearing to finish Trump's sentences, highlighting their identical rhetoric.
"You can deny it all you want, but you can't mess with destiny," Noah said. "My advice, Republicans: Get a convention room, take ahold of Trump's tiny, little hand, and then, when the time is right, put on some Fox News and chill."
Noah is not the only comedian roasting Republicans for their somewhat hypocritical opposition to Trump. On Wednesday's episode of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," host Jimmy Kimmel introduced a mock attack ad he claimed was produced by Mitt Romney in support of Ted Cruz as part of the push to halt Trump's momentum. The parody video features a side-by-side comparison of the two candidates' policy proposals, revealing some not-so-shocking similarities.
"This primary season, Republicans need to stand up to Trumpism by voting for Ted Cruz," said the video's Romney-impersonating narrator. "The differences are clear, Donald Trump wants to build a wall and deport 11 million immigrants — so does Ted Cruz."
All joking aside, Trump continues to inch closer to the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the GOP presidential nomination. After a win in the Arizona primary Tuesday, Trump now leads the GOP field with 739 delegates. Cruz is a distant second with 465 delegates, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich lags in third with 143 delegates.