The Daily Show and host Trevor Noah are mocking defendants charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building in January. Many of these individuals were identified by their own social media posts, or by boasts in public or to family, friends, even blind dates. This ad mocks their willingness to identify themselves and their own actions.
“Did you do an insurrection? Then you need our protection!” the text reads, posing as an advertisement for legal services. “We guarantee to win your case!” it promises, adding a reference to the Big Lie in parentheses, “(Or lose and insist we actually won no matter what.)”
That’s not all. Aside from the text — which goes on to promise legal representation against things like “first degree normal tourist activity,” “attempted Vice Presidenticide” and “Stuff you admitted to in a Facebook post for some reason” — there’s a phone number to call. The Daily Show doesn’t want you to miss that part of the joke.
Did you call the number? https://t.co/0wErTjNZs3
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 27, 2021
Fortunately, if you can’t or don’t want to call the number yourself, HuffPost reporter Ryan J. Reilly has done it for you.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 26, 2021
Describing the fictional firm as “the number one law practice in America, now that Rudy Giuliani has been disbarred,” the automated answering system warns that the call is being recorded for quality — and law enforcement purposes.
There are three options offered:
“If you stormed the capitol on January 6th, press 1. If you incited the riot but did not attend, press 2. If you’re the MyPillow guy, press three.”
Listen on to hear the special message for legislators when a caller selects the second option.
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