John Oliver. Make Donald Drumpf again!

It’s been watched by millions. It’s John Oliver ripping Donald Trump apart: find out why the presenter wants to Make Donald Drumpf Again.

Using irony, outright hilariousness as well as hard facts and logic, presenter John Oliver tore Republican candidate Donald Trump (who won seven out of thirteen states on Super Tuesday) to shreds during his show Last Week Tonight, aired on the 28th of February. By unpicking the presidential-hopeful’s declarations and stated qualities he demonstrated that his political credibility is built on an edifice of lies. To have this information entertainingly packaged into twenty minutes is a veritable service John Oliver is paying American voters.


The highlights

At this point Donald Trump is America’s back mole. It may have seemed harmless a year ago but now that it’s gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it.

Oliver admits that, “if you’re sick of the party establishment he might seem like a protest candidate with some attractive qualities”. Trump and his supporters assert that he is independent, successful, tough and tells the truth “like it is”. Oliver deals with each of these characteristics, showing that they are nothing but the product of deceitful marketing. For example, he quotes the fact-checking website Politifact, according to which over three quarters of Trump’s statements are some degrees of false. He also tells a personal story to prove that Trump is a liar. In autumn last year the New York billionaire tweeted that he had been invited to Last Week Tonight, but that he had refused.



According to Oliver, however, this simply isn’t true. Trump had never been asked to attend the popular programme.



The presenter concluded, “I’m not even sure he knows he’s lying, he just doesn’t seem to care what the truth is”. Oliver also lay into the candidate by pointing out his financial failures, such as being sued twice by people who had invested in Trump property developments that never took off. Lawsuits for which he settled, even though he says he never settles lawsuits. During the show, the inconsistency and wildness of the Trump’s statements and policies were brought up, like when he said that vaccines are linked to autism, Mexico is sending rapists to the US and fighting ISIS requires “taking out terrorists’ families” – which, Oliver points out, amounts to a possible future president advocating for a war crime.

Make Donald Drumpf Again

A serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former (Ku Klux) Klan leader that he can’t decide whether or not to condemn.

Oliver reveals that an ancestor of the wannabe politician changed their original family name, Drumpf, into the more catchy Trump. In fact, he attributes the candidate’s popularity to his ability to associate a strong, attractive persona to this name-brand. He asks whether the ex-reality TV star would have been so marketable had his progenitors not ditched the original surname. Oliver has launched a campaign to #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain: downloading the Google Chrome extension the Drumpfinator replaces the word “Trump” with “Drumpf” on the browser. So you too can help in finding out whether there will ever be a President Drumpf.

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