Donald Trump’s much awaited July 21 address marked 13 months since the business mogul announced his bid for president, took over the Republican Party and became its nominee.
For ‘Last Week Tonight’ host John Oliver, the convention was a matter of worry from the word go. Numerous speakers that night spoke of Trump’s business acumen, including Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who called Trump a visionary. Oliver hilariously agrees, “You can’t say Trump is not a visionary. For a long time, he envisioned himself as a presidential nominee. He is basically what happens when The Secret gets into the wrong hands.”
The entire convention was not just “unconventional” as Oliver puts it, but also quite mismanaged. A major embarrassment was Trump’s wife Melania’s speech, which, as critics who trolled her on Twitter pointed out, had parts that were lifted verbatim from remarks First Lady Michelle Obama made in her speech in 2008.
Another factor was US Senator Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse presidential nominee Donald Trump at the convention on July 20, which drew angry jeers from Trump supporters, and shattered the facade of party unity that had been carefully built up in Cleveland over the week. Oliver, suitably horrified at Trump’s Twitter reaction to this, “Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!” compares the situation to one where the Captain of the Titanic might have tweeted afterwards saying “I saw the iceberg two hours before and sailed into it anyway. No big deal!”.
Oliver calls the convention “a four-day exercise in emphasising feelings over facts”. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, in his speech said that the US economy “feels stuck” – Oliver fails to see the relevance of feelings in the context of the economy which is all about numbers.
To top it all, was Trump’s acceptance speech, which as Oliver puts, sounded like he was about to announce the first annual Hunger Games.
Whether America will still vote for this man to be their next president, only time will tell.