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The Daily Show stops the jokes to talk Trump: “this is the scariest shit I have ever come across”

On the eve of Election Day, Trevor Noah follows Jon Stewart’s tradition of serious talk during serious times.

On his final show before Election Day, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah switched to a serious tone to talk about the possibility of President Donald Trump.

"We spend a lot of time writing jokes on the show, thinking of the funniest way to share the news and talk to you, but honestly, for this segment I just wanted to be straight-up," Noah said. "I see people online, I see people on TV, I hear people in the streets talking about how they don’t feel like they want to vote. And I understand that. It’s not always exciting to vote. Some people go, ‘Hey, there’s no need to vote, Hillary’s up in the polls.’ Now if you are one of those people, I would urge you to reconsider."

Noah pointed out that Hillary Clinton was up 20 points in Michigan during the Democratic primaries — only for Bernie Sanders to pull off a stunning upset. Although it’s unlikely, something similar, Noah argued, could happen with the general election polls, which are much closer than Michigan was.

Noah argued now is simply not the time to take it easy, because the possibility of Trump becoming president is too terrifying.

"This is not one of the times to rest," Noah said. "And the most important reason I say that to you is because the people on Donald Trump’s side are really, really enthusiastic voters. He has the KKK voting for him. Like, if ever there was a reason to vote, it’s because on the other side the KKK sees an opportunity to come back into the mainstream. That is the scariest shit I have ever come across in my life."

He added, "Even if Hillary is a bad president, America has had bad presidents. You can impeach a bad president. You can vote out a bad president. You’ve never had a Donald Trump. Nobody’s had a Donald Trump. No one even knows what that thing is. People go, ‘He’s an outsider. He’s not in the establishment.’ Yeah, he’s not part of the human race establishment. We don’t know what that is.

"And so I urge you to go out and vote. Do not be in a situation where you lose your democracy before you appreciate it."

Watch: This election isn’t just Democrat vs. Republican. It’s normal vs. abnormal.

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