John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is a show that typically steers away from the mainstream news. Instead, the show tends to focus on stories that, while often very important, aren’t typically given a great deal of attention by the mainstream media.
That all changed Sunday night when he dedicated his main segment to absolutely tearing into one Donald J. Trump.
This might have been Oliver’s best segment since Last Week Tonight debuted nearly two years ago. If you do nothing else today, take a few minutes and watch it. To this point, nobody has laid into “The Donald” like this. If Trump doesn’t go off on a, “I’m going to sue John Oliver and HBO!” tirade on Monday I am going to be genuinely surprised.
“Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver said. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s gotten frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.”
Oliver then aired a few clips of Trump supporters explaining why they support him with reasons varying from him being a “tough guy,” to “telling it like it is,” to self-funding his campaign and, of course, the fact that he’s a “great businessman.”
All points Oliver went on to completely destroy.
First, he pointed to a fact I’ve mentioned on several occasions, that Trump literally almost never tells the truth. Which makes this idea that he’s “just telling it like it is” rather hysterical because he’s easily the most dishonest politician running for president in either party.
Oliver also mentioned that Trump has claimed on a couple of different occasions that he was invited by Last Week Tonight to appear on the show – something Oliver claims has never happened.
“I’m not even sure he knows he’s lying,” Oliver quipped. “I think he just doesn’t care about what the truth is.”
Up next was the claim that “nobody owns him” and he’s self-funding his campaign. While it’s true Trump isn’t taking money from corporations, what he’s actually doing is “self-funding” his campaign by borrowing money from himself that he can eventually pay back with campaign funds.
For the record, so far he’s taken in just under $7.5 million in campaign donations and, as Oliver pointed out, his website boasts two “Donate” buttons right on the front page. So, while he’s mostly “self-funding” his campaign, he’s still taking in millions in donations. He could technically use those donations later on to pay himself back.
Oliver then addressed his “tough guy” image by pointing out how thin-skinned Trump actually is, which is something I think most of us have seen. From his constant threats to sue people who criticize him, to his frequent Twitter tempter tantrums toward anyone who might dare call him out on anything, he obsesses about what people think about him. After all, this is someone who skipped a debate, which likely ended up costing him Iowa, mostly because Megyn Kelly asked him a few tough but honest questions during the first GOP debate.
I’ve never seen a supposed “tough guy” who throws public hissy fits as often as he does.
Then Oliver addressed his supposed “business success” and wealth which Trump claims is in excess of ten billion dollars. After mentioning that many experts have debated Trump’s actual wealth, many suggesting it’s well below “ten billion dollars,” he ran down a list of failed products Trump’s put his name on including Trump Vodka, Trump University (an issue he’s currently being sued over), Trump Steaks and Trump Magazine. Oliver also shed light on the fact that several of the buildings that bear Trump’s name aren’t even owned by him. He simply licensed his name – his brand – to them for use.
Though the best part came when Oliver revealed that apparently one of Trump’s ancestors actually changed the family name to Trump from – and this is not a joke – Drumpf. In fact, Oliver bought DonaldJDrumpf.com, submitted a trademark for the word Drumpf and created hats that mock Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan with “Make Donald Drumpf Again.”
Like I said, if you missed this last night, it’s well worth spending a few minutes of your day to watch this full segment. I’m not sure if you’ll ever see anyone rip into Donald Trump quite as bad as John Oliver did on Sunday night.
Watch the segment below via HBO: