Quantcast
Connect with us

John Oliver slams Trump’s ‘sarcastic’ ISIS remarks: ‘It’s the douchebag’s apology’

Published

on

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver -- screen grab

Kicking off HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took a hard look at Donald Trump’s past week that started off so well, only to collapse when he couldn’t stay on script after a one hour speech on his economic policy.

Noting that Hillary Clinton had a rough start with questions about the Clinton Foundation emails, Oliver pointed out, “She was eclipsed by the imploding star that is Donald Trump, the owner of what you might describe as a ‘resting rich face.’”

ADVERTISEMENT

“This was the 53rd consecutive week he was going to put his campaign back on track,” Oliver observed before pointing out that it didn’t happen again after Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama was the “founder” of ISIS.

“Wow,” said Oliver. “Now clearly what he just said is absolutely absurd, but even when people try to help him reframe it, he doubled down.”

With that, Oliver played a clip of radio host Hugh Hewitt trying to coax Trump into walking back his claim tried to get him to admit that he was making a joke or exaggerating — to no avail.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” blurted Trump to a frustrated Hewitt. “I don’t care, he was the founder.”

“He’s so insistent!” a smirking Oliver said “He’s like the guy drowning but waving off a lifeboat saying, ‘Get out of here, I’m very buoyant. I’m the most buoyant. Everybody talks about my buoyancy. I’m a tremendous floater.’”

ADVERTISEMENT

Oliver then slammed Trump for calling his ISIS comment “sarcasm,” saying: “And yes, ‘sarcasm’ is a bullshit excuse. It’s the douchebag’s apology.”

Oliver then tore into Trump for his dangerous rhetoric when he implied that Hillary Clinton could only beat him if she “rigged” the election.

“What is really worth taking note of there, and is worth thinking about, is that he’s suggesting the election may be stolen by his opponent, and that’s actually dangerous,” explained Oliver. “He is priming his supporters to question the result when he loses Pennsylvania, as polls indicate he will and as all Republican presidential candidates have since 1988.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Oliver pointed out that the Trump campaign site even has a page to sign up as a “Trump Election Day” observer.

He wryly added, “In a way, we are all Trump Election Day observers. Because if you look out of your window in November and see the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse you’ll know, oh shit, they just called Florida!”

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the video below:


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report

Published

on

According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.

The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser

Published

on

At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.

Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.

Continue Reading
 

Elections 2016

California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

Published

on

"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE