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Saturday night on This Week, John Oliver offered his two cents about Thursday’s Republican debate. And like anyone else who had watched the showdown, there was no avoiding the show-stealer, Donald Trump.
“This debate was only ever going to be about one person,” Oliver argued. “And from the first question, he was the focus of everyone’s attention.”
Fox News’ Brett Baier posed that first now-familiar question to the candidates: “Is there anyone on stage tonight who is unwilling to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party and to not run an independent campaign against that person?”
Of course, Trump was the only candidate who raised his hand, which was met by to audible boos and oohs from the audience. “Why is the audience acting surprised?” said Oliver. “That couldn’t have been more of a setup for Trump than if the question had been, ‘Raise your hand if your daddy had left you millions of dollars instead of hugging you.’ “
“The entire debate was basically a two-hour circus sideshow with a piece of luggage covered in Cheez Whiz at its center,” said Oliver.
He also poked fun at Trump’s now widely condemned post-debate swipes at Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, co-moderator of the debate. “She starts by asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump told CNN Friday night. “And, you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes and blood coming out of her, you know, wherever.”
Oliver responded with a jab at Trump’s skills in the bedroom: “You can only imagine how talented a lover Donald Trump must be. ‘I’m just gonna put my thingamajig in your wherever and I’m gonna wiggle it — I’m gonna waggle it around.”
In closing on Trump, Oliver also took some shots at the media for its relentless coverage of a moment in the campaign that ultimately, he contended, will prove insignificant to the race.
“This whole debacle was meaningless,” Oliver said. “The 2016 election is will not depend on this because it’s 457 days away. There will be babies born on election day 2016 whose parents haven’t even met yet.”
The circus is just beginning.
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