John Oliver wants Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which he aptly calls “the political equivalent of a bigoted clown’s blazing funeral pyre,” to end. His solution to the big orange problem, as seen on last night’s Last Week Tonight? Ask the man himself to call it off and teach America a lesson. “You would not be a loser,” Oliver says, “You would be a legend!”
The funnyman addresses the Donald directly while explaining his master plan, praising Trump’s “even a broken clock is right twice a day” moments for the ways in which they expose the many flaws in our political system. He argues that if Trump were to end his campaign in order to send a righteous message, both the candidate and the nation would be better off. Oliver urges, “Just think about how triumphant it would feel to say on national television, ‘I openly ran on a platform of impossibly ignorant proposals steeped in racial bigotry, and nobody stopped me. In fact, you embraced me for it. What the fuck was that about?’”
And Oliver draws a hilarious parallel to establish precedent for his proposal, comparing Trump’s joke of a campaign to Dan Gutman’s The Kid Who Ran for President. He enlists Will Arnett to read passages from the book, breaking down the “uncanny” similarities in order to offer Trump advice on how to call off his campaign with grace.
“So Mr. Trump … Don … Don-drew … Back in February, I stood here and called you a two-bit bullshit artist, conning America to help himself,” Oliver concludes. “Please, prove me wrong and reveal yourself to be a three-bit bullshit artist, conning America to help America.”
Enjoy the last bit of Oliver’s brilliance we’ll get until September (after a monthlong Last Week Tonight hiatus), and watch him make his case above.