Comedian John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” threw a massively funny but yet devasting kitchen sink dump of dirt on bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump on Sunday night, causing the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain to trend on Twitter Monday morning, a blast of the Trump brand and campaign slogan based on Oliver’s research that the name “Trump” was changed at one point from “Drumpf,” which doesn’t sound nearly as attractive, a reaction to a 2013 tweet in which Trump said Oliver’s former boss, Jon Stewart was ashamed of his heritage for changing his last name.
“Drumpf is much less magical. It’s the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of a foreclosed Old Navy,” Oliver jokes to make his point.
More harmful to the Trump mystique are points made by Oliver like if Donald Trump is truly not soliciting campaign donations — if he is truly self-funding his campaign — then why does his campaign website solicit donations with two ‘donate’ buttons, that Oliver reports have taken in almost $7.5 million in individual contributions?
Notice the two ‘donate’ buttons:
“If he didn’t want it, maybe he shouldn’t have two ‘donate’ buttons on his website because money isn’t unsolicited when you have to ask for someone’s credit card expiration date to receive it,” Oliver asserted.
Oliver reveals a story the shines a light on Trump’s well-documented narcissism and thin-skinned ego.
In 1988, Spy magazine editor Graydon Carter labeled Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian,” and ever since Carter has been living rent-free in Trump’s head — 28 years later.
“To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump,” Carter wrote. “There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers… Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: ‘See, not so short!’”
Oliver goes on to play a video clip from an interview Trump did on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday in which Trump not only refused to disavow the support of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, but argued that he didn’t even know who he was.
“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists… Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him—I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him—and I just don’t know anything about him,” Trump argued.
Perhaps there are a few white supremacists Trump was hoping to not offend before the pivotal “SEC Primary” or “Super Tuesday” on March 1, because Oliver then plays footage from a prior interview in which Donald Trump knew exactly who David Duke was when he was considering running for the presidency in 2000 under the “Reform Party” ticket.
Really? That’s your best answer there?” A disgusted Oliver asks Trump out loud. “Because you definitely know who he is, partly because you called him ‘a bigot’ and ‘a racist’ in the past, but that’s not even the fucking point. The point is, with an answer like that, you are either racist or you are pretending to be, and at some point, there is no difference there.
John Oliver wasn’t done there, highlighting the laundry list of issues that Donald Trump has flip-flopped on, and Oliver said that at least with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, you basically know where they stand.
“It’s time to stop thinking of the mascot and start thinking of the man, because a candidate for president needs a coherent set of policies,” said Oliver. “Whatever you think about Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, at least, you basically know where they stand, but Trump’s opinions have been wildly inconsistent. He’s been pro-choice and pro-life, for and against assault weapon bans, in favor of both bringing in Syrian refugees and deporting them out of the country, and that inconsistency can be troubling,” Oliver contended, just noting a few.
Further obliterating the Trump brand and mystique, Oliver shed light on the numerous failed brands and ventures over the years, including the unbelievably bad timing of starting a mortgage company at the worst possible time ever, in 2006 at the peak of the real estate bubble.
“Over the years, his name has been on some things that have arguably been very un-good, including Trump Shuttle, which no longer exists; Trump Vodka, which was discontinued; Trump Magazine, which folded; Trump World Magazine, which also folded; Trump University, over which he’s being sued; and of course, the travel-booking site, whose brief existence was, I imagine, a real thorn in the side of anyone hoping featured a single thing worth masturbating to,” Oliver joked.
“Trump’s lack of sound financial instincts is perhaps best exemplified by the business that he put his name on back in 2006, just before the entire housing market collapsed, referring to the failed Trump Mortgage. “I think it’s a great time to start a mortgage company,” Trump promised.
Trump Mortgage also trended on Twitter Monday morning, in reaction to John Oliver’s segment on Trump, with some of these doozies:
This is a great “The Emperor Has No Clothes” story about Trump’s alleged business acumen: https://t.co/HvmimywfdT
— Ellen Shapiro (@loudguitars) February 29, 2016
— Santos R. Victorero (@SantosVictorero) February 29, 2016
How Incompetence And Stupidity Led To the Launch Of Trump Mortgage…https://t.co/kZCMzaRxfT
— anthony zumpano (@tonyzump) February 29, 2016
Whether Donald Trump can survive this well-deserved onslaught of truth bombs levied by John Oliver remains to be seen. Many of Trump’s supporters have fallen victim to a “cult of personality” where facts don’t matter, truth doesn’t matter, policy positions don’t matter, and civility doesn’t matter. But Oliver’s slams are so thoroughly fact based, and brilliantly mixed with humor and ridicule, that they just may change a few minds, if it’s not too late.
Oliver should be commended for doing the heavy lifting on Donald Trump that the media should have done months ago. Perhaps the media has wanted to keep Trump in the race for the ratings, i.e., money he brings. Or, perhaps they didn’t have the courage that John Oliver just exhibited.
h/t: The Daily Beast