TVJohn Oliver to Donald Trump: You Can Only Win This Thing by Dropping Out
He even wrote a concession speech for Trump.
John Oliver is about to go on a monthlong hiatus from Last Week Tonight, but before he departed, he used his final show to give advice to Donald Trump. That advice? Drop out of the race.
"Simply drop out and tell America this entire candidacy was a stunt—a satire designed to expose the flaws in the system," Oliver said. "And the thing is, you could actually make a fairly decent case for that."
Oliver explains that Trump is now in a lose-lose situation: He either loses the race, which is a huge conflict with his winners-only brand, or he wins and becomes president, which Oliver reminds us is something Trump will actually hate to do. Besides the fact that Trump has already said that he'd basically let his VP run the country, Oliver points out that job involves living in government housing and flying around in planes that don't say "Trump." Why not say his bigotry and ineptitude were all just a social experiment designed to expose the flaws of our political system?
"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?'" Oliver offered. "That would be one of the most powerful political speeches of all time. If you drop out in order to teach America a lesson, you would not be a loser. You would be a legend. There'd be a federal holiday in your honor."
He then offered a sample concession speech from children's book The Kid Who Ran for President. Close enough.