When Donald J Trump, the billionaire Republican candidate vying for the Oval Office, ended up in second place in the Iowa caucus behind Ted Cruz, there was a fervent belief across sections of the US and the rest of the world that his campaign had lost steam and would eventually sputter to a stop. But Trump has been on a resurgent mode since then, winning big primaries like New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to underline a serious bid among the Republican contenders for the White House. While he certainly seems to be winning big and attracting huge crowds, large sections of conservative Republican voters and activists have slammed Trump for his anti-Hispanic and anti-Muslim rants along with a distasteful vocabulary for those who stand up to him.
Amidst this chaos, comes the hugely informative and entertaining take by John Oliver. Yes, the same man who did a bit on the Indian general elections and called Rahul Gandhi an Indian Han Solo.
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There were murmurs for a long time why Oliver had not dedicated a show to Trump, who is very much the biggest news story America is discussing today. But that wait has come to a fitting end.
Oliver has a point-by-point rebuttal, laced in fact and satire, to the claims of voters as to why they choose Trump for the US presidency. And what’s interesting about Oliver’s show compared to other news outlets is the fact that he does not get drawn into the usual criticisms about Trump (yes, the Mexican wall and the attempt to stop Muslims from entering US), but focuses on Trump’s larger flaws that he has masqueraded as his strengths.
Very early in his show, Oliver warns people, “He is America’s back mole. It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it has gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it.”
When people said they voted for Trump because he tells it like it is unlike Washington-based politicians, Oliver snidely points to a PolitiFact story, that has checked many of Trump’s claims and found 76 per cent of them to be very much false.
“I am not even sure he knows he is lying. I think he doesn’t care what the truth is,” says Oliver and compares him to a lemur holding a banana. For those of you who didn’t get it, the lemur is happy as long as it is getting a banana.
To claims of Trump being a ‘tough guy’, Oliver browses the internet to come up with the story of how a magazine editor had to bear the brunt after it called the businessman a ‘short-fingered vulgarian.’ The editor reportedly got envelopes of photos of Trump with his hands ‘circled’, and with a short note that says, “See, not that short.’ In short, Trump, who brags about his toughness, doesn’t like it when people say he has short fingers.
Oliver, also did not miss to hit out at Trump over his large inconsistencies on various policy issues such as abortion, migration and gun control – yes the very issues that every US president sees as a challenge.
“The very name Trump is the cornerstone of his brand. If only, there was a way to uncouple that magical word from the man he really is. Well, guess what? There is!,” says Oliver excitedly.
And the British host has indeed found a solution. Apparently, Trump’s family name at one point of time was ‘Drumpf’ – a word that indeed sounds similar but is definitely much-less classy.
“Drumpf is much less magical. It’s the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of a foreclosed Old Navy,” chuckles Oliver with glee. And he did not stop there. He actually went on to buy a domain name called DonaldJDrumpf.com — a complete website where visitors can make ‘Drumpf hats’ and even get a chrome extension that can replace the word ‘Trump’ with ‘Drumpf’ when it comes on your browser window.
Now, would you vote for a man called ‘Donald Drumpf’ to be the US president?
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