Let’s Talk: Do you agree with this talk show host’s tirade against Donald Trump? 32

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Jon Stewart’s replacement host John Oliver has certainly made a name for himself in the last couple of year’s on the Late Show – he has a segment every Sunday where he takes on a subject or topic in the media or current affairs. His target this week? The most controversial US election candidate ever… Donald Trump.

“I get that the character of Donald Trump is entertaining, and that he says things that people want to hear,” Oliver said. “And I know that his very name is powerful”.

The comedian admitted that even he found some of Mr Trump’s comments amusing from time-to-time, but had a bone to pick with Americans who said they think Trump speaks the truth.

He started by likening Donald Trump’s notoriety to a back mole: “it may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now it’s frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it”.

“Does he? Because the website PolitiFact checked 77 of his statements, and rated 76 percent of them as varying degrees of false”, Oliver countered.

“He is truly independent and not beholden to anyone” – “While it is true that he hasn’t taken corporate money, the implication that he has personally spent $20 to $25 million is a bit of a stretch, because what he’s actually done is loaned his own campaign $17.5 million and has just personally given just $250,000. And that’s important, because up until the convention he can pay himself back for the loan with campaign funds”, Oliver delivered.

“His success” – “While yes, he has made more money than most of us will make in a lifetime, not only did he get a multimillion-dollar inheritance from his father, but he’s also lost a huge amount.”

Oliver pulled punches when he said Trump was very inconsistent over the years: “He’s been pro-choice and pro-life, for and against assault weapon bans, in favour of both bringing in Syrian refugees and deporting them out of the country”.

He also took on Trump’s inconsistent statements on former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke’s endorsement of the 69-year-old billionaire. Trump vehemently denied knowing David Duke, “Okay? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

Oliver had a different version of events, “Really? That’s your best answer there? Because you definitely know who he is — partly because you called him ‘a bigot’ and ‘a racist’ in the past.”

John Oliver finished by saying: “If you are thinking of voting for Donald Trump, the charismatic guy promising to make America great again, stop and take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you just met a guy named Donald Drumpf, a litigious serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader who he can’t decide whether or not to condemn. Would you think he would make a good president, or is the spell now somewhat broken?”

That’s up to America to decide.

We want to know your thoughts today: do you think John Oliver is right?


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  1. I love John Oliver’s stuff he talks great sense through humor. A country that thinks more and more guns makes their country safer despite endless deaths from mass shootings and children finding guns and accidentally killing others isn’t particularly bright. They probably deserve an idiot like Trump as president. However the rest of the world doesn’t need such a terrifying scenario. He presents a danger to us all I fear. Wake up America get off your butts and go out and vote for anybody else.

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    • Hillary’s entire working life has been in legal and political circles. Trump. born into Daddy’s money and losing lots of it doesn’t make any indication of suitability for presidency.

    • I love when Australian criticise America, without having a clue what American society is like. Try walking a mile in their shoes before going off half cocked.

  2. Trumph is a goose &a danger to the world get ride of him

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    • Not only Trump but most extreme Right Wing people are a danger to the world. We have a few extremist Right Wing Politicians in our Parliament. Heaven help the vulnerable.

  3. Trump is an aging, frustrated, self-centered and bombastic man who has a grandiose and over infated perception of himself, his abilities and importance. He is under the impression that his loudmouthed, highfalutin and big-talking manner will make the ‘non-Americans’ run and hide in fear. Unfortunately for him he is just a wordy windbag, with a swollen ego, ranting about things that can only hurt innocent people and, ultimately, be the cause for dragging America into a war that nobody can win.

    Any true American should wake up before it is too late and allowed their country to slide too far down that slippery hill.

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    I have watched Donald trump on tv & think he is a loose cannon because he makes such controversial statements.I am reminded of the late Joe bjelke from queensland & his statements.My son lives in America & if Donald trump is their next president then I pity all of the americans.

  5. I am not a fan of John Oliver or his form of humour but in this case he is right on the money. How any sane person can even remotely consider Donald Trump presidential material is beyond me. Hilary is looking good.

  6. It’s difficult to find one positive speech from Trump; his words are all about divisiveness, segregation, exclusiveness, coercion, aggression, compulsion, all enabling very destructive behaviour. It’s cooperation, negotiation, consensus, principles & ethics that enable constructive behaviour.

  7. God help America and the world if people are stupid enough to vote Trump in

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