It was only a matter of time.
In many interviews, John Oliver has mentioned that his weekly news comedy show, Last Week Tonight, has the luxury of not involving itself in the day-by-day shenanigans of the election. “I think we’re much more likely to take a more forensic look at how the elections run,” he told New York.
But on last night’s show, Oliver essentially performed the opposite of a forensic analysis and went straight for the jugular of this election’s most polarizing (and some say dangerous) candidate, Donald Trump. “At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver said on the episode. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s become frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.”
Oliver then picked apart Trump’s image as a tough-minded, accomplished businessman, and pointed out how little we know about his political stance. “A candidate for president needs a coherent set of policies. Whatever you think about Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, at least you basically know where they stand, but Trump’s opinions have been wildly inconsistent,” Oliver said. “He’s been pro-choice and pro-life; he’s been for and against assault weapon bans; in favor of both bringing in Syrian refugees and deporting them out of the country.”
Oliver then brought up a little-known fact about the tycoon—that his family name was changed from Drumpf (according to The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire, by journalist Gwenda Blair).
In an effort to deflate the candidate’s bloated brand, Oliver explained that his show had filed paperwork to trademark the name “Drumpf” and purchased the domain DonaldJDrumpf.com, which offers “Make Donald Drumpf Again” hats. Visitors can also download a Google Chrome extension that will replace the word “Trump” with “Drumpf” whenever it appears in their browser.