After ragging on the Republican National Convention and its attendees’ predilection for passing off their ~feels~ as truth, you’d think John Oliver would latch onto the wild world of the Democratic National Convention with equal fervour.
In the latest ep of Last Week Tonight, he did. Kinda.
We say that, because despite hinting at the corruption scandal that has embroiled the party’s former chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama’s admission that the rest of the world really has zero clue what is going on over there, his targets were still set on Donald Trump.
ICYMI, amid all of the balloons and the actual nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democrats‘ candidate, the occasion also saw the father of a slain Muslim American soldier use his time on stage to ask if Trump would have hypothetically banned the family from entering the country.
Oh, Khizr Khan also flat-out said Trump had sacrificed nothing and no one for the United States, a statement that Oliver reflected on with just enough real emotion to betray the “hurr hurr British people have no feelings” joke he has peddled many, many times before.
But it was Trump’s response to that speech which elicited the easiest emotion – anger, for those playing along at home – from our shouty liberal host. While the Republican nominee has been on Last Week Tonight’s radar for a hot minute, the show’s latest attack was uniquely searing.
Parroting the horrendously misinformed take that Khizr’s wife Ghazala stayed silent during the speech for religious reasons, Trump left himself absolutely open for a blast of white-hot sanctimony from Oliver.
After reiterating “his wife has explained that she chose not to speak because she gets too upset when she sees images of her dead son’s face, you fucking arsehole,” the host latched on to Trump’s apparent misunderstanding of the word ‘sacrifice’.
“The main takeaway from these two weeks is that, incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities.
And I genuinely did not think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.”
Bring on November. Watch:
Source and photo: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver / Facebook.