Taking a break from all the craziness surrounding Donald Trump and his claim that Hillary Clinton and the media are conspiring to rig the 2016 presidential election, John Oliver focused on third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson during Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” Believe it or not, some of Stein and Johnson’s policy proposals are equally absurd as what Trump has proposed.
For example, one of Stein’s flagship proposals involves canceling the $1.3 trillion debt burden weighing down students and recent graduates in the U.S., something she has said the president has the authority to do. Oliver pointed out that, unfortunately, that’s not exactly true.
“In terms of how fundamentally flawed that is on every level, it’s basically akin to saying ‘I’ll make us energy independent by ordering the post office to invade Canada,'” Oliver said. “When I said her student debt proposal was her version of Donal Trump’s border wall, I meant it, because the only way it could be any more unlikely is if she claimed Mexico was somehow going to pay for it.”
One of Johnson’s many controversial and puzzling proposals involves completely shuttering entire Federal agencies, including the departments of Education, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development. As Oliver pointed out, doing away with all three of those government agencies is one of the most extreme proposals made by any candidate.
“This is ‘Sophie’s Choice’ if she hated all of her children,” he said.
To watch the entire segment, check out the video below.