John Oliver Mocks Trump for Now Failing to Even Entertain His Base
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver really empathizes with Americans just trying to get through the next two and a half weeks before the election.
"I've been drinking a lot and lashing out loud and frankly my family is worried 2016," Oliver opened, echoing the experience of so many of us consumed with the presidential race now.
Of course, the biggest event of last week was Wednesday's final presidential debate, which seemed to go much better for Hillary Clinton than it did for Donald Trump.
"No, you're the puppet" was an actual line said by the GOP nominee which you probably forgot since it was washed over by even more bizarre remarks.
"It sounds like something teenage Pinocchio would yell at Geppetto before slamming his bedroom door, " remarked Oliver. "You're the puppet!"
"I would love to say that was Trump's low point of the evening but there were so, so so many more," Oliver said before playing a highlight reel of the debate.
"We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out, nobody has more respect for women than I do, nobody, in the ninth month you can rip the baby out of the womb," Trump had said.
And then there was the time he interrupted his opponent to call her a "nasty woman."
Thankfully, Oliver was ready with an explanation, a kind of Jeopardy game in reverse.
"To be fair, the questions that the moderator asked was 'what is an offensive way to describe Mexicans,' 'state an objective falsehood,' 'describe a non-existent medical process,' 'mansplain in two words,' and 'incorrectly name your favorite Janet Jackson song,'" Oliver joked.
But perhaps the most haunting party of the debate was when Trump threatened the democratic process itself by telling viewers he'd "keep them in suspense" as to whether or not he'd accept election results.
"This is a presidential election not an American Idol!" Oliver exclaimed, hoping Trump supporters won't simply "plunge the country into anarchy."
But the week didn't seem to improve for Donald Trump even after he tried to walk back his remarks. For the first time in recent memory, something astonishing happened to Trump: He was booed.
On Thursday, the Al Smith dinner in New York, an annual fundraiser for Catholic charities attended by presidential candidates, should have been an easy win for Trump. But Trump's sniping at Hillary riddled with debunked rumors wasn't received well, leaving Trump to unexpectedly bomb.
"Hillary Clinton is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate commission," Trump announced in his speech, along with other jabs involving Clinton "pretending not to hate Catholics" and a compromising disaster relief effort in Haiti.
But Trump is an entertainer, "a born showman, and that room couldn't have given more of a home-field advantage," pointed Oliver. "This wasn't a town hall or debate, it was a three-thousand-dollar plate fundraising gala at a moth-eaten Manhattan hotel organized by the Catholic Church a real estate owning male-dominated sex scandal plagued organization!"