Every time Trump does something wrong, you better believe that John Oliver is waiting in the wings to serve up a heavy dose of vitriol to the man. And Trump has now done another thing wrong, so Oliver has chucked out another brilliantly pointed rant. Let’s just say Trump doesn’t come out of it looking too great (as per).
After the terrible violence seen in Charlottesville over the weekend, whereby hordes of far right maniacs clashed with anti-racism protesters, Trump was expected to reply. So reply he did, with a complete failure to condemn the white supremacists whose aggression left up to 30 injured and one dead.
Here he is, swerving the obvious:
Trump's vague, non-commital comment: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides – on many sides" has understandably caused a reactionary uproar, not least in John Oliver’s furious loins.
In his take down, Oliver says: "Nazis are a lot like cats, if they like you, it’s probably because you’re feeding them."
He goes on to add: "There aren't many instances in modern American politics where you can honestly think: 'That guy really should have mentioned the Nazis' but this is emphatically one of them. It's like a reverse Godwin's Law: if you fail to mention Nazism, you lose the argument.
"Look, maybe Trump will eventually take a second swing at personally condemning the white nationalists. Maybe he has since we've taped this show. But even if he does, it'll be too late. Because his first response is who he is. And the truly infuriating thing is how predictable this was.
"What kind of fucking idiot would not immediately distance himself from them?
"It simply doesn’t get easier than disavowing Nazis. It’s as much of a presidential gimme as pardoning a fucking turkey. It is almost impossible to screw it up. But that’s exactly what happened."
Hard to argue with him, really. Here's the full rant:
“Fucking idiot” indeed.