This Sunday’s ‘Last Week Tonight‘ saw John Oliver‘s last plea to the audience to not vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The host signaled the dangers of Trump’s potentially successful campaign, which he once deemed as nothing more than a bad joke.
Oliver reminded his audience that three years ago he was co-host of ‘The Daily Show.’ At the time, the possibility of a presidential run by Trump was merely a rumor. However, the host showed a video where viewers could see the rising trend and quickly uttered ‘Do it’ after it was over, his audience responding with hilarity.
He expressed personal regret from his previous words and apologized to his current viewers.
The video follows the host reiterating that he would “personally write [Trump] a campaign check now, on behalf of this country, which does not want you to be President, but which badly wants you to run.”
Oliver’s comical change of heart shows the seriousness of the current situation
“I want to believe that America will reject Donald Trump,” he remarked. “That our innate sense of decency will kick in like some sort of moral autopilot, but I have been spectacularly wrong before.”
He followed by demonstrating another video, this time from around ten years ago when he was only a correspondent for ‘The Daily Show,’ in which he reiterated that the Chicago Cubs would never win the World Series.
The video proves relevant today, as the Illinois-based baseball team is the current champion of the MLB, crowned this month after beating the Cleveland Indians 4-3. “I’m an idiot,” Oliver says, “no outcome is inevitable.”
He finished this address by encouraging people to go out and vote tomorrow on November 8, again stating that no outcome is impossible in this election and that the result ultimately depends on the voters.
‘Barring recounts, this nightmare of a campaign will be over’
The host noted that there is a lot to consider on Tuesday before voting. He reiterated that this particular voting process has not really “appealed to our better angels,” meaning that it has brought the worse of people and not the best.
“[This election has] groped our better angels, mocked their weight, and called them sixes at best,” he scolded, in an indirect reference to Donald Trump’s recent public scandals including sexual harassment, fat shaming, and demeaning comments about women that the candidate dismissed as ‘locker-room talk.’
Oliver warned that Trump now has a genuine chance at winning this race, even after creating turmoil within the Republican party, denouncing the electoral system, and making threats against free speech, along with his constant racist and sexist rants. He also has, Oliver makes a point of this, “idiotic hair.”