John Oliver systematically picks apart the Donald Trump mystique


Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump from clinching the party’s presidential nomination may just want to play Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” on repeat.

In a blistering 21-minute segment, host John Oliver systematically picked apart the mystique surrounding Trump, the tabloid fixture turned reality star turned unlikely GOP front-runner. Going one by one through each of the attributes voters seem to like about Trump — that he’s a tough, spectacularly wealthy and savvy businessman who “tells it like it is” — the comedian argued that Trump’s persona and track record simply do not align.

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Even the Trump name, which has become synonymous with luxury, is misleading, Oliver said, citing a biography that claims that the Trump family changed its name from the less elegant “Drumpf.”

“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 guy named Donald Drumpf, a litigious serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader,” Oliver said.

As is common practice on “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver concluded by encouraging a bit of participation from his viewers, directing them towards a website ( and encouraging them to use the hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain, a play on Trump’s campaign slogan.

You can watch the entire segment above, though be warned: It includes some strong language.

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