Once upon a time, John Oliver’s main story was the most damning bit of satire shared across the internet every Monday, but with the presidential election only a few months away, Oliver’s Donald Trump bits have become much more pressing. The Last Week Tonight host was hesitant to take on election news earlier this year, but once Trump won the nomination, it became too important for him to weight in on the campaign.
On Sunday’s episode, Oliver gave some very sound advice to the real estate mogul—drop out now and become a legend; stay in the race and become a loser.
“It seems that you have two really bad options here,” Oliver said, addressing Trump. “If you keep going, you’re going to spend the next 11 weeks ramping up hatred in speeches, injecting poison into the American bloodstream that will take generations to remove, and denying the country the contest of ideas that the presidential campaign should actually be.” This would leave Trump “miserable” as president, or miserable as a loser.
So, Oliver offers a third option. “Drop out.”
“Simply drop out, and tell America this entire candidacy was a stunt. A satire designed to expose the flaws in the system.”
Oliver then went on to admit Trump made about “four good points” over the course of his campaign, the most powerful of which was that he “exposed the flaws in us.”
“Just think about how triumphant it would feel to say on national television, ‘I openly ran on a platform of impossibly ignorant proposals steeped in racial bigotry and nobody stopped me. In fact you embraced me for it. What the f—k was that about?’
“If you drop out in order to teach America a lesson, you would not be a loser, you would be a legend,” Oliver said.
In the video below, Cracked.com reveals that the Trump campaign actually is a stunt devised by comedy writers who didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.