Last Week Tonight: Charter Schools (August 21)

While Last Week Tonight often dives into under-represented topics, the things that he talks about are rarely that controversial (particularly for his audience). It’s not that shocking to learn that debt buyers are a little shady, you know? If John Oliver’s discussion of a certain topic gets some people upset, he’s usually happy about it, since the people who get upset are the people he was hoping to make upset. But this week’s look at charter schools was a little bit different, as John noted that people on both sides of the political spectrum have praised charter schools and their benefits. However, they’re not without serious problems, as John gave examples of schools that close without warning or lie about the number of students actually attending at any given moment in order to receive more government funding. We imagine John’s segment will spark a number of conversations, even if some of those conversations are just yelling at him for being wrong.

However, the segment that is going to get the most traction this week is, of course, about Donald Trump. This week, John took a page out of Seth Meyer’s playbook and tried to convince Donald Trump to drop out of the race by giving him a way out where he wouldn’t lose any face but absolutely wouldn’t be president. John argued that Trump could drop out and tell everyone that the whole thing was a big stunt – “a satire designed to expose the  flaws in our system”. If he did that convincingly, John argued, he would be praised as a hero and a genius. John continued:

Just think about how triumphant it would feel to say on national television, “I openly ran on a platform of impossibly ignorant proposals steeped in racial bigotry and nobody stopped me. In fact, you embraced me for it. What the fuck was that about?” That would be one of the most powerful political speeches of all time. If you drop out in order to teach America a lesson, you would not be a loser. You would be a legend. There’d be a federal holiday in your honor.

But that’s not all – John also somehow found the exact perfect book that both mirrors Trump’s strategy so far and provides a blueprint for the exit strategy: a children’s book called The Kid Who Ran for President. Seriously. Watch the segment — the similarities are uncanny!


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