Monday, February 29, 2016

UTTERLY HYSTERICAL -- John Oliver turns knife in Trump as Donald Drumpf — ancestral name


Donald Trump’s original family name — Drumpf — isn’t news. @RealDonalDrumpf has been tweeting since May 2013. But John Oliver made big hay of it Sunday.

John Oliver with DRUMPF sign on "Last Week Tonight." Photo via Twitter
John Oliver with DRUMPF sign on “Last Week Tonight.” Photo via Twitter
On his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” the British comedian took Trump apart for 22 minutes.

“I’m asking America to #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain,” he said, while also rolling out a Google Chrome extension that turns Trump to Drumpf any time his name shows up. (A red ballcap with that slogan is being sold for $17.50.)

As The Washington Post noted:

“Oliver revived many popular criticisms of Trump. The candidate has no clear policy positions and overstates his net worth, Oliver alleged; he uses his wealth to promote himself as a credible candidate, though wealth does not equal political greatness; his campaign is not self-funded, despite his claims; he is racist. Yet, Oliver said, Trump can no longer be dismissed.”

“Oliver offered a novel strategy for those who wish to battle Trump: refer to the candidate by ‘Drumpf,’ what one biographer said the Trump family name was before it ‘evolved over the centuries.’ Indeed, Gwenda Blair, the author of ‘The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire’ (2000), thought it was “fortunate” that ‘Drumpf’ had become “Trump.”

Said Oliver: “Drumpf is much less magical. It’s the sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of a foreclosed Old Navy” store. “It’s the sound of a bottle of store-brand root beer falling off the shelf of a mini-mart.”
Social media named Oliver their favorite political commentator.

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