HBO host John Oliver mocked President Donald Trump for repeatedly using his incompetence as a defense for his wrongdoing on Sunday’s edition of “Last Week Tonight.”
Oliver began by discussing the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy, Rick Gates, on 12 counts related to money laundering. He also noted that former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia while working on the campaign.
“Yes, it’s finally happening. The first charges in the ongoing scandal that we’ve been calling ‘Stupid Watergate,’” Oliver said.
Oliver noted that the “the rap sheet against them is impressive,” pointing out that the indictment revealed Manafort spent millions on things like Oriental rugs and pricy suits.
“Over 2 million dollars on rugs and clothes?” he said. “I can’t speak to the quality of his rugs but how the f*ck is this guy spending that much on clothing?”
Oliver said that all of the high-end menswear companies said they had no knowledge of Manafort spending such large sums on their clothing.
“But what brand would not want as its public face a man who looks like an extra from a direct-to-DVD mobster movie who fell asleep in a tanning bed?” Oliver asked.
Oliver then turned to Trump, who he said is telegraphing guilt with every tweet but when asked about his wrongdoing insists he did not know he did anything wrong.
“Did Trump know all of this and not care?” Oliver asked. “Or did he not know because he’s incompetent? In other words, is Trump smart enough to be evil?”
Trump’s defense when asked about his associates’ ties to Russia is “I don’t know anything about the people I should have known those things about,” Oliver quipped. “That is his signature move. He’s playing ‘The Trump Card.’”
“And what I mean by that is he’s using his own incompetence as his defense,” he said. “It’s the same way that you might excuse the behavior of a dog or a small child. If you found your dog pissing on a rug and then your child urinating on the dog, you would think, “yeah, I’m annoyed, but they’re idiots who don’t know what they’re doing so they get to walk away from this one.’”
“That is the Trump Card, he said. “And the worrying thing here is that it may work for Trump. Because think of what the counterargument would have to be: This is a meticulous man who made strategic decisions and was fully aware of the consequences of his actions.”
“But we cannot accept the Trump Card as his defense here, because if we do, just think about what we’d actually be saying there, we’d be saying, ‘Look this is guy is too dumb to really understand what he’s doing. So I guess we have no choice but to let him keep being president.”
“Let’s not do that,” he added.
Watch the clip below: