• Drunk History, Daily Show tell the ‘Trump history’ of Ulysses S. Grant

    The Daily Show teamed up with the Drunk History team to give us a little bit of ‘Trump history’ on Monday night. As the country enjoys its longest ever government shutdown, Derek Waters and his team imagine President Trump’s version of the Civil War.

    The Comedy Central historians use clips from an October speech the president delivered in Ohio, a speech The Daily Show called a “sober-yet-incoherent rant.” Remember when everyone thought he praised Southern war general Robert E. Lee? Yeah, that speech.

    The clip opens with Waters raising his glass to Trump, asking what he has to teach us. Trump goes on to share stories about Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant, who served as the Union general and later as President of the United States, revealing what an “unbelievable” drunk he was. As we hear audio from the Ohio rally, we watch Waters and the Daily Show correspondents act out the story in typical Drunk History fashion.

    “Grant” drinks straight from a bottle of whiskey and punches Confederate soldiers. “You know the story,” we hear Trump narrate. “They said to Lincoln, ‘You can’t use him anymore. He’s an alcoholic.’ And Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care if he’s an alcoholic. Frankly, give me six or seven more just like him.’”

    Waters, who depicts President Abraham Lincoln, goes on to taunt President Trump’s vocabulary and poses, mocking Trump’s use of “imigining” when he really meant “imagining”, while also poking fun at the president’s reoccurring pose after signing executive orders.

    The Drunk History host was then interviewed by Trevor Noah ahead of his faux history show’s season premiere Tuesday night. Drunk History is now back with new episodes on Comedy Central on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET.

    Check out the clip below.

    Kaitlin Tunstall

    Kaitlin Tunstall ’19, of New York, attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. Kaitlin is an English major with a focus in Journalism and Creative Writing. Having worked as both a freelance writer and college assistant, Kaitlin hopes to broaden her skills into academia and editorial work. After graduation, Kaitlin plans to travel Asia before continuing her studies at a CUNY four-year university.

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