Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election might be decided on which candidate's scandals are easier to stomach, rather than who has the better policies. On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver argued that many swing-voters will likely pick between Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) based on who seems least corrupt rather than who is better for the country.
"This campaign, the scandals have been so pronounced that polls show less than half the electorate sees either candidate as either honest or trustworthy," Oliver noted.
So he decided to help undecideds figure out which candidate is least reprehensible. "We thought it might help to spend tonight walking you through them."
And since he referred to Donald Trump as "America's wealthiest hemorrhoid" and "an unambiguously racist scarecrow stuffed with scrunched up copies of Juggs magazine," it shouldn't surprise you that he found Trump more reprehensible.
But the segment wasn't a stump speech for the Clinton campaign. Oliver's team spent weeks dredging up as much dirt as they could before ruling that her questionable dealings were "irritating rather than grossly nefarious." So Clinton is, at best, the pill undecideds will just have to smaller. And at worst, the unanimous lesser-evil in the election.
Meanwhile, Trump ran away with the great-evil title. And Oliver says that could be bad news if people don't realize that his scandals are far, far worse than Clinton's.
"It is dangerous to think that there's an equal number [of scandals] on both sides," Oliver warned. "You can be irritated by some of Hillary's. That is understandable. But you should then be fucking outraged by Trump's. Think of it like this: ethical failings are like raisins in a cookie. They shouldn't be there. They disgust people. But most politicians have at least a few raisins. And Hillary...arguably has more raisins than average. There's probably 10 of those fuckers in there. But we all need to remember that when it comes to this is the amount of raisins that he represents."
That was the cue for raisins to rain on the studio. Check out the full clip for Oliver's breakdown of the scandals and the "raisin monsoon" that represents Trump's corruption.