Updated: September 26, 2016 11:55:07 pm
Ahead of the US presidential debate between Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump, Last Week tonight host John Oliver dug deep into the scandals haunting the two candidates running for President. He highlighted the scandals marring the two presidential candidates campaigns’ and gave an Oliver spin to it.
Saying that the presidential race has been defined less by policies and more by ethics, Oliver, in this 21-minute video, explained why Americans face a tough choice when they have to choose between Clinton and Trump in the upcoming elections.
The Clinton campaign was hit by the email-leak scandal, when she used a private mail server while communicating as US Secretary of State. Clinton spent months defending her decision to use the private mail server as there were no rules against doing so. Oliver, however, laid bare the details of the scandal and how it effects her campaign. Even the FBI found her to be extremely careless as the mail account was vulnerable to hacking, and noted that they couldn’t bring any criminal charges against her.
Oliver also dwelled on allegations faced by the Clinton foundation, run by former American president and Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton. The scandal surrounding the Clinton foundation is not what they did with their money, but there is a clear conflict of interest. The foundation received contributions from foreign regimes when Hillary was still Secretary of State, suggesting that this could affect America’s foreign policy. The details of foreign contributors were recently made public and, not surprisingly, stole the headlines.
Moving on to Trump, Oliver says Clinton needs to be more transparent but the Republican nominee hasn’t released his tax records since the 80s.
Calling Trump as America’s “wealthiest hemorrhoid”, Oliver pointed out that as per PolitiFact, 13 per cent of Clinton’s public statements were found to be false and 53 per cent of Trump’s comments were misleading and factually wrong.
He went on to highlight the Trump Foundation’s dealings, where the real estate magnate bought a painted portrait of himself for $10,000 using the charitable trust’s money. It looks like someone xeroxed Trump’s picture and painted over it with condiments from Burger King, Oliver equipped about the painting. Trump also bought a signed helmet of NFL player Tim Tebow using the foundation money, he said.
He also reminded audience that if Trump was to be elected as president, it could put his business interests in direct conflict with the White house job. Trump, during a Republican Party debate, told that he would appoint his son and daughter as managers of his ‘blind trust’ when the time comes. However, that would cease to be a blind trust as the private individual managing the affairs must not have any affiliation to the appointee. A blind trust is independently administered to prevent conflict of interest when a person with private private business interests is in public office.
Comparing the ethical failings of a politician to raisins in a cookie, Oliver ends the show saying that Clinton has more raisins in her cookie than an average politician, but Trump is on a whole different level.