After he roasted President Donald Trump at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C., Indian American comedian Hasan Minhaj, this time, took potshots at the president while on a trip to India.
Minhaj, who was in Mumbai Sept. 22 to accept the GQ ‘International Man of the Year’ award, spoke about how his identity and his upbringing has uniquely prepared him to be a part of “The Daily Show” in these politically charged times.
“One of the things we’re struggling with right now with our president is, how do you negotiate with him? Democrats want to resist him, Republicans try to coax him,” Minhaj said in his acceptance speech.
But he knew, he said, the best way to negotiate with him.
“If you want to negotiate with him, you have to negotiate with him like an Indian uncle,” said Minhaj. “Donald Trump is not a 71-year-old white man. He is an Indian uncle.”
Drawing parallels between the two, Minhaj said, “He wears suits that don’t fit, he can’t speak English properly. He works with his idiotic sons, he hates women but loves his daughter. He makes up words when he gets angry. He is an Indian uncle.”
And so, his advice to all those trying to persuade Trump to do things their way is to “Treat the Indian uncle like the dictator that he is.”
“You have to nod, agree with him and say, ‘Yes, uncle, we will build the wall, we will ban trans people from the military, yes, I will go to law school and then you go negotiate with the real power of the house, the Indian aunty,” said Minhaj.
And talking about the Indian aunty, you won’t believe who he considers worthy of that honor.
“If you’re wondering General Kelly is the Indian aunty of the White House, you are absolutely correct,” Minhaj noted. “In every single press conference, he is shaking his head like every Indian aunty shakes her head at every Indian uncle.”
Minhaj also recalled how growing up he was the only brown kid in his school but being in India made him feel so much better.
“It’s so cool to come to a place where everyone can pronounce my name properly and I see melanin everywhere except those two white people there,” Minhaj quipped, “and that’s how it felt to be me.”