John Oliver Absolutely Destroys Trump’s ‘Stupid F*cking’ Wall in Brilliant Segment (Video)

Since his show Last Week Tonight debuted nearly two years ago, John Oliver has had plenty of fantastic segments. One of the best I’ve seen yet aired Sunday night when he annihilated Donald Trump’s push to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.



“The border wall is one of the few policy proposals Trump has talked about in detail, so instead of mocking or dismissing it out of hand, tonight let’s take a serious proposal by a serious presidential candidate seriously,” Oliver said, mocking the fact that Trump rarely offers specifics about anything he promises to do if elected.

He then spent the vast majority of the segment ripping apart how impractical, expensive and ultimately pointless this wall would be.

Take for instance Trump’s insistence that the wall would cost anywhere between $4-12 billion. Though as Oliver pointed out, that estimate is complete fiction. In fact, after all the estimated costs associated with such a massive project are added up, it would likely cost around $24 billion just to build the thing. Furthermore, the CBO projects that within seven years the upkeep on the wall would exceed the actual cost to build it.

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that wall maintenance costs will exceed the initial construction costs within seven years,” Oliver stated. “It’s a big, dumb thing that only gets more expensive over time.”

He also mentioned how building a border wall would actually go against a treaty that says nothing can be built near the Rio Grande that could disrupt its flow. He then made sure to point out the fact that around half of the unauthorized immigrants who are currently here came here legally but simply overstayed their visas. Meaning that the wall wouldn’t have done anything to prevent those folks from coming here.

Oliver then brought up the reality that a wall wouldn’t stop drugs from crossing the border based on methods that have currently been used by cartels that include tunnels, makeshift rocket launchers and catapults to bypass the current fencing we already have to get drugs into the United States.

He concluded the segment by stating that the wall is nothing more than a symbol to give some people a false sense of security that ultimately won’t do anything but cost the country tens of billions of dollars just to build and maintain it.



“If the main thing it’s going to get us is a warm sense of satisfaction inside, I suggest that instead of building the wall, we use the money to buy every man, woman and child in America a Palmer Waffle Iron,” Oliver quipped. “These beauties retail at $75 apiece, so we’d still have nearly $1 billion left over. This waffle iron plan will cost less, will do nearly as much to keep out immigrants and drugs, it won’t harm our relationship with our third-largest trading partner, if it is racist it’s only toward Belgians. And unlike Donald Trump’s wall, this makes f*cking waffles.”

This was an absolutely fantastic segment that crushed Donald Trump’s stupid idea to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. I’d highly recommend spending a few minutes to check it out.

Watch the segment below via HBO:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    The cost is $24B now? I didn’t even know a design had been approved. Why not just copy what Israel does for fencing out its neighbors. “[B]ased on the price of the Israeli security barrier,” the National Journal estimated that 2,000 miles of fence will cost the United States $6.4 billion.” It’s true though that wall are not 100% effective. One third of illegal aliens are people who chose to overstay their visas who were here legally. But if one WMD destruction is prevented from coming in, it more than pays for itself. According to fairus, “Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.” I don’t suppose that includes the cost to US workers’ families who have lost their jobs to cheaper foreign workers. What’s $6B? John Oliver should also know that the ‘wall’ could be paid for by taxing remittances to Mexico or with import taxes.

    • FD Brian

      the real key to the success of the wall is to find out the maximum height Mexicans make ladders and build it higher. That might mean we need to prohibit the export of American made ladders and move all ladder production back to America for those ladder companies who now manufacture their ladders in Mexico.

      • strayaway

        Moving ladder factories here would be step up.