John Oliver made a final plea for voters to reject Donald Trump on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, and the host did so by unearthing old footage of himself once proclaiming Trump’s presidential aspirations were a joke.
“There is a lot to consider on Tuesday and then, barring recounts, this nightmare of a campaign will be over — which is good, because this election hasn’t so much appealed to our better angels as it has groped our better angels, mocked their weight, and called them ‘sixes at best,” Oliver said Sunday. “We are at a point where this man [Trump] has a genuine shot at the presidency despite having blown up a political party, undermined confidence in our electoral system, declared open season on journalists, and unleashed a river of racism and misogyny. Also, and I feel like we’ve lost sight of this: He has really stupid hair. It’s important to remember that.”
Oliver continued, “It is frankly hard to believe that there was a time when people thought a Trump candidacy would be funny. But there was such a time. Because as you may remember, three years ago I guest-hosted The Daily Show. And well, there is something you should see.”
With that, Oliver rolled footage from his stint as Jon Stewart’s fill-in on the Comedy Central late-night series, highlighting a segment that discussed Trump’s potential plans to run for president in 2016.
“Do it. Do it,” Oliver said in the clip. “I will personally write you a campaign check now on behalf of this country, which does not want you to be president but which badly wants you to run.”
Back on Last Week Tonight, Oliver tried to explain his comments as the crowd jeered.
“In my defense, I have no defense for that and was hoping to think of one before finishing this sentence, and oh, sh– it’s over,” he said.
Oliver didn’t stop there: He also found footage from eight years ago, when he and Stewart mocked Chicago Cubs fans for thinking their team would ever win the World Series. (The Cubs won the World Series last week, the team’s first title since 1908.)
“I’m an idiot,” Oliver said in response to the second clip. “But that clearly shows no outcome is certain, so if you are thinking you don’t have to show up to vote on Tuesday because there is no way the impossible could happen, take it from somebody who has learned from painful experience: You are wrong about that.”