I saw it all over Facebook and Twitter and didn’t bother to watch. You know: another one of these ex-Daily Show guys. Parrots the usual liberal line (e.g. Net Neutrality) to a mindless crowd of millenials. And every headline screams “John Oliver DESTROYS Donald Trump” like all the lefty blogs used to trumpet every stupid Jon Stewart clip. Destroys destroys destroys. Why should I bother?
Then a homicide detective told me I needed to watch it, and that was the push I needed. It is, in fact, very entertaining — all 20 minutes of it. What’s more, it seems to be more careful about the facts, and more effective, than either Serious Media or Marco Rubio’s attacks have been. Worth your time.
My favorite line comes after he shows Trump advocating killing terrorists’ families — something that regular readers know appalled me when Trump first said it. Oliver says:
That is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination advocating a war crime. And he might say he was joking or he’s changed his mind about any of these things, and private individuals are allowed to change their minds—we all do it—but when he’s sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, on that day, his opinions are going to matter. And you will remember that date, because it’s the one that time travelers from the future will come back to to try and stop the whole thing from happening.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to “eviscerate” Donald Trump today in Utah at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. Yes, Mitt Romney. The former presidential candidate who was too polite to push back at Candy Crowley during the 2012 debate.
Mark Halperin has released an excerpt of Romney’s anticipated speech:
Yet another reason to be disgusted with the Republican party. Did they not notice what happened to their other guy when he feebly attempted to bring Trump to heel? He ended up dropping out of the race, and Trump’s support continued to grow. Now another establishment guy is being sent out to do the job with a full-frontal attack? How has the party not figured out that the more they send out one of their own to shame Trump into submission, the more his numbers go up?
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: On one hand, I get this criticism; you feel like any attack like this will mean a 5-point bump in the polls for Trump. But on the other hand, at this point I’ll take any ally in this fight. Romney can say, in a high-profile way, that he had already released his previous year’s tax returns by this point in the race, and say that Trump’s “audit” defense is a scam. He could call on Trump to release the audit notification letters. Finally, he is appealing to people who aren’t already committed Trump supporters. I think it could help. But I understand the argument that it won’t — and I can’t say it’s wrong. Who the hell knows anything these days?
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