John Oliver Calls Trump A "Self-Serving Half-Man"
John Oliver is not letting Donald Trump get away with this one. Nope. In his recap of the Democratic National Convention on Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver tore into Trump's reaction to Khizr Khan's speech at the event — a speech which everyone agreed was moving and heartfelt, and by far the best rebuttal of Donald Trump to date. Sure, there were quite a few memorable speeches at the DNC (from the likes of Michelle Obama, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Corey Booker, and Sarah Silverman), but it's Khan's speech about Trump's clear misunderstanding of what America stands for that has proved the most memorable days after the convention finished in Philadelphia Thursday night.
Sadly, Oliver couldn't focus only on the content of what Khan said, and that's of course because someone needed to take down Trump for his outrageous response to Khan's speech. Thank you, John Oliver.
Khizr Khan is the father of Humayun Khan, an American soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004 — he was later awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his bravery. In his DNC speech, Khan addressed Trump, saying that the GOP nominee has "sacrificed nothing," before offering Trump his own copy of the United States Constitution, a document Khan is sure The Donald has never read.
Unsurprisingly, Trump felt that the need to respond to Khan's DNC speech, which is why so much of Oliver's DNC recap focused on the GOP nominee. ABC News reported that Trump had that audacity to question why Humayun Khan's mother, Ghazala Khan, did not speak at the convention, and instead stood next to her husband while he gave his speech: "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me." Luckily, Oliver did tell Trump. The Last Week Tonight host told Trump what Ghazala Khan wrote in a Washington Post op-ed: that she is a grieving mother, too distraught to talk about her son in front of thousands of onlookers. She was silent at the convention because she's heartbroken, not because she's Muslim.
However, Oliver's most heated Trump takedown came at the end of the episode. In response to Khizr Khan saying that he has "sacrificed nothing," Trump claimed that he has indeed made sacrifices: "I've built great structures, I've had tremendous success." Don't worry, Oliver did not let Trump get away with this. Nope. Oliver schooled Trump on the difference between success and sacrifice, telling him that no, the GOP nominee's construction business and financial successes were not sacrifices:
No. No, they are absolutely not. They are self-serving half-truths, from a self-serving half-man, who has somehow convinced half the country that sacrifice is the same thing as success.
Oliver finished the episode by sharing what he's learned about Trump over the course of the GOP and Democratic conventions, saying:
Honestly, the main takeaway from these two [convention] weeks is that, incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities — and I genuinely did not think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at.
Yes, Oliver is right. From what we've seen lately, Donald Trump would be bad at a lot of presidential duties — even duties as bipartisan as grieving alongside grief-stricken military families. Now that's sad.