John Oliver began Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight by taking a close look the “imploding star that is Donald Trump.” As Oliver noted, the Republican presidential candidate had a busy week, that not only included the widely condemned remarks he made about “Second Amendment people” doing something to stop his opponent, Hillary Clinton, but also featured Trump naming President Barack Obama as the “founder of ISIS” and Clinton as its co-founder.
“Wow. I’ll tell you what, I will give Trump this: at least he made sure to include Hillary as co-founder,” Oliver joked after playing the Trump remarks on Sunday. “Hashtag feminism, hashtag ISIS with her.”
In the day after the ISIS comment, Trump discussed the controversy with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, who tried to push the Republican nominee into saying he had misspoken. “I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace,” Hewitt said. “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump replied, before later repeating Obama was “the founder” of ISIS.
“He’s so insistent,” Oliver said on Sunday. “He’s like a guy drowning but waving off a lifeboat, saying, ‘Get out of here, I’m very buoyant. I’m the most buoyant. Everybody talks about my buoyancy. I’m a tremendous floater.'”
Following the week of outrage, Trump walked back the comment on Friday, tweeting that he was being sarcastic.
“Yes, sarcasm is a bullsh– excuse,” Oliver said. “It’s the douche bag’s apology. But at least he diffused the situation, which is what made it so much weirder when later that same day, he walked his walk-back back.”
From there, Oliver played video of Trump explaining the ISIS remark at a campaign event. “So I said, the founder of ISIS. Obviously I’m being sarcastic. Then, then — but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you.”
Added Oliver following the clip, “You know that riddle where there are two people, one who always lies, and one who always tells the truth? Donald Trump is both those at once.”
Video from Oliver’s Trump segment will be added once it becomes available, but a clip of the segment can be seen here.