John Oliver slams Trump for 22 minutes, creates new hashtag for him

In a lengthy excoriation, Oliver shows how Trump's campaign can't be self-funded because he has "Donate" buttons on his website. And there's so much more.

Chris Matyszczyk
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We've come to the point at which there is no American remaining who is neutral about Donald Trump.

The Republican candidate's bombast and slightly bulbous blowhardiness have captivated many and captured the media as few before.

There is a stage, though, when truly controversial entities come up against the committed researchers and quaint British midlands accent of John Oliver.

Remember how it went for cable companies when Oliver compared them to drug cartels? On Sunday, Trump received similar treatment. Twenty-two minutes of it.

Oliver decided to examine each pillar of Trump's self-professed greatness, the greatness that will soon be transferred to America.

He found some of Trump's claims a touch exaggerated or even, to his mind, utter nonsense.

For example, Trump's recurring claim that his campaign is self-funded, preventing him from being controlled by donors or special interests, seems not so accurate, given that on the Republican candidate's website home page there are two "Donate" buttons.

Oliver, who isn't the first to point out the inaccuracy, estimates that Trump himself has actually given around $250,000 to his campaign (he's loaned the rest). However, donations amount to more than $7 million.

Trump's tweeting was examined for its apparent self-contradiction. And as for all his business ventures, well, they didn't always go according to plan.

Oliver's exhaustive and exhausting excoriation ended with the revelation that the Trump family wasn't always called Trump. Once upon a time it was Drumpf. This name might be seen, he said, as "much less magical." Is he not proud of his heritage, Oliver wondered.

Inevitably, this led to the creation of a new hashtag: #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain. It's already enjoying quite some activity. Oliver's show has also bought the URL DonaldJDrumpf.com. There, you can buy red hats not dissimilar to the ones Trump himself wears, but with slightly different words on them.

All this might seem mere satire. It has though, as Oliver surely knows, a greater purpose.

When elections come along, certain sections of the population talk a lot but don't turn out to vote. Often, young people -- one of Oliver's prime constituencies -- are guilty of this.

Overnight, the YouTube video of Oliver's passionate plea to Make Donald Drumpf Again has already been watched by hundreds of thousands. Oliver clearly wants them to care enough to vote.

The real question is whether Trump will turn out the vote with his passionate appeal to, oh, whatever it is.

Or will there be enough people might who want to, as fellow Republican candidate Marco Rubio is suddenly encouraging them to do: "Defeat The Con-Artist"?

One politician calling another a con artist offers a truth of our current times: very thin in the line these days between satire and politics.