John Oliver: ‘Of Course’ Trump Incites Violence
John Oliver opened Last Week Tonight on Sunday with condemnations of both presidential frontrunners.
Two weeks ago, John Oliver finally used his HBO show Last Week Tonight to systematically dismantle any shred of legitimacy Donald Trump has in this year’s presidential race. Two days later, the candidate nearly ran the board on Super Tuesday.
This week, Oliver decided to direct his outrage at the presidential frontrunners of both parties ahead of Tuesday’s make-or-break contests in Ohio, Florida, and several other big states.
First up in his coverage of the “Holy Shit, Please Make It Stop Trash Fire Two Thousand Fuckteen” election was Hillary Clinton’s “big gay problem” after she “misspoke” and praised Nancy Reagan for helping to start the public conversation on HIV/AIDS.
“What are you talking about?” Oliver asked incredulously. “Nobody thinks that.” Especially since President Ronald Reagan didn’t even say the word AIDS until 1985 and didn’t address it publicly until two years later.
“The Reagans started a conversation about AIDS the way many parents start conversations with their kids about sex,” Oliver said. “By reluctantly mumbling something about it existing around five years after it became relevant.”
On the other side of the aisle, of course, is Trump. Or as Oliver referred to him, “an ill-fitting suit full of chickens coming home to roost.” The host did not seem all that surprised that violence erupted at a Trump rally in Chicago on Friday.
“Now let’s be honest, a Trump rally being canceled due to violence is the most predictable thing to happen in this campaign since Donald Trump mentioning the size of his dick,” Oliver said. “Of course those things happened. Of course they did.”
Oliver admitted that protesters shutting down his events may not be the most “effective idea,” but, he added, it was “hard to hear him play down any role he may have had in this.” The host wondered where his supporters could possibly get the idea that it is acceptable to physically assault said protesters?
Cut to the now familiar sound bites of Trump saying things like “Knock the crap out of them!” and “I’d like to punch him in the face!”
“Wow, strap in, because we’re in for a bumpy ride, folks,” Oliver said. “Donald Trump is one flaming guitar player away from turning his campaign into Fury fucking Road.”