Sunday evening Last Week Tonight host John Oliver delivered the segment everyone has been waiting for this election season: an all-out assault on the presidential campaign of “bullshit artist” Donald Trump.
Oliver unleashed a whirlwind of one-liners aimed at Trump’s chronic lying, his baseless boasting and his string of failed business ventures — all of which have either gone unnoticed or ignored by voters who believe that the “Trump brand” stands for “quality”
“Donald Trump can seem appealing until you take a closer look. Much like the lunch buffet at a strip club. Or the NFL. Or having a pet chimpanzee,” the HBO host explained. “Sure, it seems fun, but someday Coco is going to rip your f*cking limbs off.”
Oliver called into question Trump’s claim that he is worth “TEN BILLION DOLLARS” which the candidate’s campaign boasts on its website, in all-caps no less.
According to Oliver, Trump may “only be worth a mere $150 to $250 million dollars,” which he admitted is a lot of money. However Trump inflates his worth by stating that his “brand” — by which he means the Trump name — is worth $3 billion alone.
Quoting from testimony Trump gave in a libel case, the host pointed out that Trump estimates his net worth based upon “feelings, even my own feelings… and that can change rapidly from day to day.”
“Think about that,” Oliver stated. “He claimed that his net worth changes depending upon his mood, which makes absolutely no sense. Partly because he always seems to be in the same mood. Specifically, smug yet gassy.”
With Trump boasting, “If I put my name on something, you know it’s going to be good,” Oliver ticked off a laundry list of Trump ventures from Trump Vodka to Trump Steaks (oddly sold at The Sharper Image) and even Trump Mortgages (launched before the housing bubble exploded) — all of which went belly-up.
Oliver summed Trump up as a “bullshit artist selling a shitty lifestyle” to a public that bought into his “Trump brand” hype, and that is exactly how he has come to lead the 2016 Republican presidential field.
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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.
The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.
"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.
Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat
Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.
But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.
"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."
Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman
President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.
"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."
"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.