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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2017

President Donald Trump skipped the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April, but it was still an entertaining affair, largely because of Hasan Minhaj. The Daily Show comedian elicited plenty of laughter with lines like these: “(Donald Trump) tweets at 3 a.m. sober. Who is tweeting at 3 a.m. sober? Donald Trump, because it’s 10 a.m. in Russia. Those are business hours.”

Minhaj seems to have the president figured out. The comedian was in Mumbai recently to accept the GQ ‘International Man of the Year’ award and shared with the audience the key to negotiating with Trump: “If you want to negotiate with him, you have to negotiate with him like an Indian uncle. Donald Trump is not a 71-yearold white man. He is an Indian uncle.”

In case you are skeptical, Minhaj offered ample proof: “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.”

So how should you negotiate with Trump Uncle? “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.”

Melania Aunty? Nope, not her. “If you’re wondering if General Kelly is the Indian aunty of the White House, you are absolutely correct. In every single press conference, he is shaking his head like every Indian aunty shakes her head at every Indian uncle.”

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