'Barking mad': US TV show slammed for describing UK 'backlash' to Rishi Sunak

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Britons have fired back at Trevor Noah after he claimed to have witnessed “backlash” in the UK to Rishi Sunak becoming Prime Minister. On Tuesday, Mr Sunak, 42, became first British Asian Prime Minister in history and the youngest in more than 200 years. This historic milestone has been widely celebrated – and acknowledged as an important moment on the opposition benches. Angela Rayner, Labour’s Deputy Leader, said Mr Sunak being the first British-Asian PM is “something to be celebrated”.

But a speech has emerged on Twitter from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in the US.

During a nearly three-minute long clip, Mr Noah speaks to audience members of the late-night talk show.

Mr Noah said: “Watching this story of Rishi Sunak becoming England’s first Prime Minister of colour, of Indian descent, of all these things, and then seeing the backlash is one of the more telling things about how people view the role that they or their people have played in history.

“And what I mean by this is, you hear a lot of the people saying ‘oh, they’re taking over, now the Indians are gonna take over Great Britain and what’s next?’

“And I always find myself going, ‘so what?’.”

He added: “I think it’s because the quiet part that a lot of people don’t realise they’re saying is ‘we don’t want these people who were previously oppressed to get into power because then they may do to us what we did to them’.”

The monologue caused uproar on Twitter.

Sunday Times columnist Alex Massie retweeted the clip, with the response: “This is absolutely barking mad.

“A fantasy ‘backlash’ based upon nothing more than projection and wish-fulfilment.”

Mr Massie’s point was challenged by Graham Cowe, who suggests the monologue follows a racist call to LBC radio, which picked up coverage internationally. Mr Cowe said: “You could argue about how representative a view that is, but this call got a lot of coverage in UK and abroad.”

Mr Massie said in response: “Literally one moron on a radio phone-in. C’mon on.”

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Meanwhile, GB News’ Darren McCaffrey said: “Rarely has UK twitter been so united in a backlash against Trevor Noah’s made up ‘backlash’ around Rishi Sunak becoming PM.

“I wonder if Trevor will address the UK backlash against himself in his next episode.”

Tim Montgomerie, founder of Conservative Home wrote, addressing Mr Noah: “1. Get your basic facts straight. Rishi Sunak is the PM of the UK, not England. 2. Can you provide me with ANY substantial evidence of the racist backlash against him becoming PM?”

A fan of Mr Noah posted: “I love @Trevornoah but this is not true by any stretch of the imagination. 

“Across the broad spectrum of British society people are genuinely proud that a person of South Asian descent is PM.”

Another user said: “Can I recommend speaking to some Brits?”

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US President Joe Biden hailed Mr Sunak’s appointment as a “ground-breaking milestone”.

The two leaders spoke on Tuesday over a phone call, with the White House saying: “The leaders reaffirmed the special relationship between our countries, underscoring their desire to further enhance cooperation on issues critical to global security and prosperity.

“The leaders agreed on the importance of working together to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its aggression, address the challenges posed by China, and secure sustainable and affordable energy resources.

“They also discussed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the need to maintain momentum toward reaching a negotiated agreement with the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Comedy Central for comment.

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