The comedian Hasan Minhaj dived into Phoenix's light rail debate on his Netflix show, Patriot Act, on Sunday.
Minhaj's latest episode broadly covered opposition to public transportation in the United States from a pro-transit point of view. He zeroed in on Charles and David Koch's efforts to stop rail projects in Nashville and Milwaukee.
Then Minhaj weighed in on Proposition 105, which effectively would ban Phoenix from constructing new rail lines.
"They're trying to make it illegal to build trains. That is some movie-villain shit," Minhaj said.
Patriot Act, a current affairs and comedy show, premiered in 2018. Minhaj previously served as a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Citing reporting by Phoenix New Times , Minhaj connects the anti-light rail movement in the Valley to the nationwide efforts by the Koch brothers to stem the growth of public transportation.
"The Koch brothers are conservative billionaires who have a huge stake in pretty much anything that has to do with cars, who have a huge stake in pretty much anything that has to do with cars: oil, gas, asphalt, tires, seat belts," Minhaj said.
Minhaj's segment, which simplifies the light rail debate in Phoenix, notes that light rail has spurred $11 billion in economic development, a figure taken from a Valley Metro report.
The show also aired an ad from Building a Better Phoenix that Minhaj called "misleading."
Watch the clip below:
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.