Donald Trump has talked about many ridiculous things in his presidential campaign, but one that will stand out as extra stupid is his idea of a border wall between the USA and Mexico. This "beautiful wall" would be paid for by Mexico, of course.
And it's this that John Oliver takes down in his latest trumping of Trump. After previously telling people they should refer to Trump by his ancestral name of Drumpf, he's now pointing how just how dumb that border wall proposal is.
“Yes, Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, and based on his tone, he wants to f*ck that wall.” says Oliver.
But this isn't 18 minutes of just ridiculing Trump, instead Oliver looks at the wall seriously, dissecting it and looking at what it would really cost. At first Oliver looks at Trumps various estimates, which range from $4 billion to $12 billion before concluding that, actually, it would be more like $25 billion, about $77 per American—and that's a conservative estimate.
After looking at costs Oliver then asks where the wall would be built. He points out that when president George W. Bush wanted to build a border fence in 2006 it had to be built inland. And this caused all kinds of problems including some places that were in the USA getting stuck on the Mexican side of the fence.
Instead of a wall Oliver proposes waffle irons. “If the main thing it’s going to get us is a warm sense of satisfaction inside, I suggest instead of building that wall, we use the money to buy every man, woman and child in America a Palmer waffle iron. These beauties retail at $75 dollar apiece, so we’d still have about $1 billion left over.”
It's a genius idea and a win-win situation for everyone, right?