Comedian John Oliver finally goes at Donald Trump, but Oliver admits the candidate has appeal. There’s even “a part” of him, Oliver admits, that “likes this guy” — though it’s a part of himself he hates, he says. Trump is dangerous, Oliver says, now that his campaign has grown large like a”back mole” that didn’t seem to be a problem when it was small. Oliver even gives Trump credit for mastering his own craft — comedy — saying of a Trump bit where he mocks Marco Rubio: “that’s objectively funny.”
Comparing the Trump candidacy to the lunch buffet at a strip club, or the NFL, Oliver says Trump is attractive — until you take a “closer look.” Oliver points out the Trump lies so confidently that when he himself was a target of one of Trump’s (more innocuous) fibs — about being invited onto Oliver’s show — Oliver called the experience “genuinely destabilizing.” Oliver says Trump is also not really so tough, but the assessment comes from a man who just admitted he was “genuinely destabilized” by Trump’s intimidating lies. Oliver, for all his trying, can’t seem to really dig in against Trump, mainly because Trump — as a comedian himself — is a tough act to follow. And because the part of Oliver that “kind of likes” Trump keeps showing. Oliver has too much love for the absurd to hide his Trump chuckles.