Sunday during “Last Week Tonight,” HBO host John Oliver began with an update on what he has come to call “Stupid Watergate.”
He recapped the latest developments in the Russia scandal, in which things seem to be “unraveling.” He began with Donald Trump Jr. According to his father the president, ‘Don is a wonderful son,’ but the host argued that the younger Trump is barely even the “the most wonderful Donald Trump.”
When it came to former campaign chair Paul Manafort, the host mocked President Donald Trump for his defense, claiming that Manafort isn’t the worst criminal in history.
“Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and “Public Enemy Number One,” or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and “Public Enemy Number One,” or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
“So, broadly, the argument there is that Paul Manafort is less of a criminal than America’s most famous criminal,” Oliver explained. “Which is surely the most daring legal strategy since Johnny Cochran’s quickly abandoned, ‘Oh, relax, it’s not like he’s Hitler’ defense. ‘If he’s not Hitler, you must acquittler.”
Oliver couldn’t help but mock the series of clothing items the accused man purchased with his millions. First was the $24,000 total that Manafort spent on an ostrich outfit, including not just a jacket but a vest as well.
“I know what you’re thinking: maybe it’s worth it. I’ll show you. It f*cking isn’t,” Oliver described. “I never thought I’d say this but that looked better on the ostrich. That is a leather jacket for people who also have a subscription to Readers Digest. It’s what The Fonz would wear on the days he didn’t feel like f*cking. I mean, the truth is, this thing actually has a hood! A hood! You know, for when you want to wear your $15,000 jacket out in the rain like a f*cking idiot.”
Oliver then played a supercut of several Fox News hosts claiming that the case had nothing to do with Russian collusion. Indeed, Manafort’s trail has a lot to do with funneling cash, wire fraud and tax evasion, all stacking up to 32 counts or “a mobster’s dozen.”
On its surface, Oliver said that it might be true, but that the case is also not, not about the 2016 campaign either.
“Just think about it: the president’s campaign chair allegedly received millions of dollars in illicit payments from thuggish Kremlin puppets,” Oliver explained. “And despite all the money he saved not paying taxes, he’s reportedly gone broke supporting his crippling addiction to bad jackets. Yet, for some reason, he agreed to work for Trump for free.”
Watch his full assessment below: