On Sunday, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took on the issue concerning all the scandals surrounding both Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
First Oliver covered the three top Clinton scandals: Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, and the private email server she maintained while she served as Secretary of State.
Oliver was able to summarize each scandal in under three minutes and proved that conservatives basically made mountains out of ant hills concerning each scandal.
“I do know that even talking about her scandals will irritate some of you, given that her opponent is an unambiguously racist scarecrow stuffed with scrunched-up copies of Jugs magazine, and that’s fair,” Oliver stated. “But not being as bad as Donald Trump is a low bar to clear, and if you focus on nothing but him, you fail to vet a woman who might be president.”
“We’ve spent several frustrating weeks trolling through all the innuendo and exaggerations surrounding Hillary’s email and foundation scandals, and the worst thing we can say is that they both look bad. But the harder you look, the less you actually find,” he maintained. “There’s not nothing there, but what is there is irritating rather than grossly nefarious.”
And Oliver’s correct. While Clinton supporters may hate to hear it, their candidate is frustratingly terrible at campaigning for the presidency. There’s no other way to put it; She’s struggling to get people to connect with her. However, her problems may have less to do with her “trustworthiness” than her charisma. And there are some who are of the school of thought that if Hillary were a man, the scandals would be much less of a factor.
So what about her opponent, Donald Trump?
Well, Oliver spent the rest of the segment explaining why Trump’s scandals should send up way more alarms than Clinton’s.
“And this is where it’s instructive to compare her to her opponent: Donald Trump, America’s wealthiest hemorrhoid,” he said as he moved to the GOP nominee before adding, “He’s quantifiably worse.”
The comedian covered Trump’s (legally questionable) use of Trump Foundation funds to pay legal bills, buy portraits of himself, buy sporting memorabilia, and make at least one shady political contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi while her office was investigating Trump University, also known as, “Weebullsh*t U.”
However, according to Oliver, the one scandal voters should be most concerned with revolves around his personal finances, namely his mysterious tax returns.
“Bear in mind: we know nothing about Trump’s finances, and that is not good. He’s the first major party nominee since 1980 not to release his tax returns, and his justification is pathetic,” said Oliver, showing a clip of Trump saying he couldn’t release his returns because he’s being audited — which the IRS has disputed saying he’s free to release them at any time.
Oliver stated that he had barely “scratched the surface,” of the ocean of Trump’s scandals as compared to those plaguing Hillary Clinton.
“There is everything, from the ongoing lawsuits against that bullshit university, to the alleged use of undocumented workers when building Trump Tower, to the fact that he received an illegal $3.5 million loan from his father in the form of a purchase of chips from one of Trump’s casinos,” he said.
“The point is this: the campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is dangerous to think there is an equal number on both sides,” he said before warning, “You can be irritated by some of Hillary’s. That is understandable, but you should be f*cking outraged by Trump’s.”
Here’s one thing we know for sure. Trump is the only candidate to have been sued in federal court for racial discrimination during his early career as a New York slumlord.
He’s the only candidate who actively sought and fought for tax subsidies (aka welfare) to help him fund his business empire to the tune of almost one billion dollars, and that’s just from New York state.
In fact, Trump sued the city of New York to get a sweet tax break for closing down a successful department store, which employed hundreds of New Yorkers just so that he could build the enormous phallic symbol that he named Trump Tower.
Nearly every business enterprise Trump touches turns to coal, but he somehow always manages to walk away unscathed while his business partners go bankrupt.
But don’t worry Trump supporters; surely your candidate wouldn’t dream of conning his fellow Americans, right?
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