JOHN OLIVER (HOST): The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the most apocolyptic thing ever to happen in that city, and bear in mind, their river has repeatedly caught fire.
But that message of Trump as a skilled manager was somewhat undercut by the fact the entire convention was a mismanaged shitshow. From Melania Trump using a partly plaigiarized speech to Ted Cruz being booed off the stage for not endorsing Donald Trump to the fact that supposedly Donald Trump knew Ted Cruz wouldn’t endorse him and didn’t care.
It’s actually fitting that Trump had seemingly done so little to prepare for his party’s convention, given that the party itself had done so little to prepare for Donald Trump. After the last election, the GOP published a post-mortem report, titled The Growth & Opportunity Project, analyzing their mistakes and laying out a plan to expand their appeal. Now, it featured passages like, “many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country” and “we must emphasize … the importance of a welcoming, inclusive message in particular when discussing issues that relate directly to a minority group.” Unfortunately, over the past year, that report and its carefully considered suggestions has been overshadowed by a different report titled literally everything Donald Trump has ever said and done. Because this is a guy who suggested building a wall to keep Mexicans out and advocated a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. Read more at Media Matters.