Newswire: John Oliver apologizes for Trump candidacy, a joke gone horribly wrong

Whether or not you’d describe the segments as “takedowns” of their subject, John Oliver’s had to dedicate a lot of Last Week Tonight airtime to Donald Trump’s candidacy. This, despite the former Daily Show correspondent once refusing to even acknowledge that such a thing had come to pass. But cover it the show has, targeting the GOP nominee with a rebranding that was ridiculous and authentic—two words alternately used to describe his campaign—and later, attempting to win him over with an Emmy statuette. So why all the effort if Trump’s White House bid should never have been dignified with a response? Well, last night Oliver admitted he might have had something to do with planting the seed for that idea in Trump’s hay-covered head.

Looking back on 2013, it’s easy to see how a faux-journalist working for a satirical news show could …

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