When Donald Trump entered the race to the White House, few took him seriously. His campaign has steadily gained momentum, sidestepping numerous gaffes that would have ended any other politicians’ career. Now it looks like he’s going to take the nomination, leaving us all wondering how this could happen.
Last night, John Oliver took less than 20 minutes to sum up both Trump’s unlikely rise to the top of the polls and his entire career as a snake-oil salesman.
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’s no longer wise to ignore it.
Oliver goes on to hilariously demonstrate Trump’s ability to sell himself as successful, even in the face of countless failures. The capstone to this masterful take-down is a hashtag you’ll be seeing all over the internet this week. #makeDonaldDrumpfAgain
This isn’t just a goofy misspelling of the candidate’s last name. In a tweet last May, Donald attacked Oliver’s former co-worker, Jon Stewart, for changing his last name from Leibowitz to Stewart.
It’s common for celebrities to “Americanize” their name and adopt a pseudonym. Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Charlie Sheen, and Katy Perry are all examples of famous people who have done this. Often immigrants would do the same thing when they came to America, for similar reasons, in the hope that a less ethnic-sounding moniker would help them succeed. This was the case with Friedrich Drumpf, Donald Trump’s grandfather.
Oliver suggests that, if Trump is proud of his heritage, he should return to his original family name of Drumpf. Last Week Tonight will even be selling hats at cost to promote this brilliant idea.
Nothing is going to appeal to the fact-phobic cult lined up behind the billionaire’s campaign. It’s not possible to argue policy, due to the fact that he hasn’t talked much at all about policy. The only thing left is to laugh at the absurdity of it all. So let’s all band together and Make Donald Drumpf Again!
Watch the entire segment below:
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