John Oliver Criticizes "Erratic Clusterf—" of the U.S. Primary and Caucus System
"There’s no clearer piece of evidence that our system is broken — no more thoroughly dead canary in the coal mine — than when Donald Trump is actually making sense.”
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down all of the confusion and ridiculousness of the U.S. primary and caucus system, calling the process an “erratic clusterf— every four years.”
"This is a system which clearly needs wholesale reform," said Oliver. He talked about the uproar around the Nevada Democratic Party Convention and showed a clip of Donald Trump complaining about how he won Louisiana but received fewer delegates than Ted Cruz.
“The thing is, I get why he’s annoyed,” said the Last Week Tonight host. “And there’s no clearer piece of evidence that our system is broken — no more thoroughly dead canary in the coal mine — than when Donald Trump is actually making sense.”
He continued, "Almost every part of this process is difficult to defend." Oliver spoke about superdelegates, caucuses, primaries and how people voting for delegates often don't know who the delegates would vote for in the primaries. He said if this kind of voting happened on Dancing With the Stars there would be "riots in the street."
Oliver said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is "still comfortably ahead" of Bernie Sanders despite the "broken"system, even though he argued Sanders supporters will insult him for saying that. He suggested that next year everyone should bring attention to the confusing system.
“If everyone is angry as they say they are right now, let’s together pick a date early next year to actually write an email to the chair of each party and remind them—politely—to fix this,” said Oliver. “I propose Feb. 2. Now, that will be easy to remember because it’s Groundhog Day, which does seem appropriate because, unless this primary process is fixed, we are all destined to live through the same nightmare scenario over and over again until the end of f—ing time.”