John Oliver has spent much of the last year avoiding Donald Trump, but the host made up for lost time on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, delivering a blistering critique that was as eye-opening as it was uproarious.
The decision to lambast the GOP frontrunner came ahead of Super Tuesday and after the Republican presidential hopeful appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and refused to condemn a public endorsement by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, claiming he had never heard of him despite acknowledging the white nationalist in 2000.
“You definitely know who he is, partly because you called him ‘a bigot’ and ‘a racist’ in the past, but that’s not even the f—king point,” Oliver said. “The point is, with an answer like that, you are either racist or you are pretending to be, and at some point, there is no difference there.”
In an effort to “stop thinking of the mascot and start thinking of the man,” Oliver attempted to separate the business mogul from the Trump brand, pointing to previous research that suggested his family’s surname was actually “Drumpf.”
In the segment above, Oliver pleads with the audience to #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain, offering Drumpf-branded hats and web browser extensions to tie the candidate to a far less powerful name.
Watch Oliver’s takedown, then sound off in the comments.