John Oliver says winning and losing are both terrible for Donald Trump, offers brilliant third option

John Oliver makes the case for Donald Trump to drop out
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Last Week Tonight is taking a month-long break, meaning that when John Oliver returns to the air, there will be only six weeks left before Election Day. So on Sunday's show, he ended, apologetically, with a plea to Donald Trump disguised as an escape hatch. This moment in the campaign "feels like a fork in the road for Trump," Oliver said. "He's either hitting bottom, from which he'll rebound to victory, or it's the beginning of the end." Neither option is good for Trump, he argued.

"Obviously, losing would be disastrous, because his entire brand is built around not doing that," Oliver said, and losing to Hillary Clinton, specifically, "wouldn't just be off-brand, it would be brand-destroying. And he knows it." But Trump resetting his campaign, coming from behind, and winning, he added, "that's even worse for him, because then he actually has to run the country."

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