John Oliver dedicated this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight to Donald Trump, his campaign for president, his history as a businessman and his brand. To be sure, it was not a flattering portrayal. Trump has repeatedly failed to live up to his reputation as a tough guy – his reaction to an accusation that he had short, stubby fingers in the 1980s is hysterically juvenile – and a successful businessman – his list of failed ventures involves magazines, vodka and even steaks.
But the most amazing part of Oliver’s segment was his call-to-action. He uncovered in a biography of the Trump family that an opportunistic ancestor changed the family name over 100 years ago from Drumpf.
Drumpf is certainly a less appealing name than Trump. It sounds weaker, frumpier, and has an unamerican number of consonants.
And that’s exactly the reason why Last Week Tonight bought DonaldJDrumpf.com this week. They’re selling “Make Donald Drumpf Again” hats and even have a Chrome Browser extension that will change any “Trump” on your screen into a “Drumpf.” (It would make this article harder to read, of course, but still funny.)
It doesn’t appear that the 20-minute disparaging has affected Trump, though. Though he’ll likely bring a bogus lawsuit against Oliver soon, he’s tweeting as usual this morning, including this little gem.
This is funny because a) Gandhi never said this, b) it most likely comes from a similar quote in 1918 by Nicholas Klein, a socialist and trade unionist, and c) Trump was just called out last week for retweeting a Gawker Twitter bot with a quote from notorious fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Sigh. And so the Trump train continues on.