With a little more than a month left before America heads to the polls, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took a long look at both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s scandals throughout the presidential campaign. And although much of the media attention has gone to Clinton’s scandals, Oliver suggested that, in fact, Trump’s scandals are much worse — and he proved it with disgusting raisins.
“This campaign has been dominated by scandals, but it is dangerous to think that there is an equal number on both sides,” Oliver said. “And you can be irritated by some of Hillary’s ― that is understandable ― but you should then be fucking outraged by Trump’s.”
“Ethical failings in a politician are like raisins in a cookie,” Oliver added. “They shouldn’t be there. They disgust people. But most politicians have at least a few raisins.
"Hillary is a cookie like this one,” Oliver said, pulling out one raisin cookie. “She arguably has more raisins than average. There’s probably 10 of those little fuckers in there.”
“But we all need to remember that when it comes to Donald Trump, this is the amount of raisins that he represents,” Oliver explained, as hundreds of raisins rained on top of him. “The man is a fucking raisin monsoon. He is ethically compromised to an almost unprecedented degree.”
Clinton has been mired by some scandals over the course of the campaign. But so far, the two biggest scandals uncovered during the campaign — the emails and the Clinton Foundation — have led to little-to-no evidence of substantial wrongdoing. As Oliver summarized, “We’ve spent several frustrating weeks trolling through all the innuendo and exaggeration surrounding her email and foundation scandals. And the worst thing you can say is they both look bad, but the harder you actually look, the less you actually find.”
Trump, Oliver argued, is much worse. Take the Trump Foundation: It’s an organization set up to do charity work, but over the past few years, the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has uncovered, the Trump Foundation has spent some of its donations on a six-foot painting of Trump, a football helmet autographed by Tim Tebow, an illegal contribution to Florida’s attorney general when she was investigating Trump University for fraud, and payments to settle lawsuits involving Trump’s businesses.
And the Trump Foundation is just one of Trump’s many scandal-ridden organizations. There’s also lawsuits against Trump University, the alleged use of undocumented immigrants to build Trump Tower, and an illegal loan Trump got from his father.
“If you don’t like raisins, I get it — they’re disgusting,” Oliver said. “But unfortunately, this November, you’re going to have to swallow 10, or we’re all going to be eating this shit for years.”