S3 E18: RNC, 2016 Election Update & Brexit Update: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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S3 E18: RNC, 2016 Election Update & Brexit Update: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

2016 US Presidential Election

  • John Oliver discusses the 2016 US presidential election and the Democratic National Convention.
  • Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine, is described as "boring" and compared to various bland objects and activities.
  • Donald Trump's vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, is compared to a "rice cooker covered in homophobic slogans held by a chimpanzee."

Republican National Convention

  • The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is described as "the most apocalyptic thing ever to happen to that city."
  • The convention was marked by several controversies, including Melania Trump's partly plagiarized speech, Ted Cruz being booed off the stage, and Donald Trump's lack of preparation for the event.
  • The Republican National Convention focused on emphasizing feelings over facts, with speakers appealing to emotions rather than providing concrete evidence.
  • Donald Trump's acceptance speech was light on policy and heavy on provoking strong emotions, painting a bleak picture of America while ignoring positive statistics.
  • Newt Gingrich argued that feelings are as valid as facts, implying that candidates can create their own reality by manipulating emotions.
  • Reports emerged that Donald Trump Jr. offered John Kasich control over foreign and domestic policy if he accepted the vice presidency, suggesting Trump's lack of interest in the details of governance.
  • Trump's tweets and past statements indicate a desire for attention rather than a commitment to the hard work of governing.
  • The convention featured various speakers expressing extreme views, including references to Lucifer, Hillary Clinton as a role model for Satan, and Trump as a messiah.

Unauthorized Use of Music in Political Campaigns

  • The unauthorized use of Queen's music at the Republican National Convention drew criticism, with the band expressing their disapproval.
  • Unauthorized use of music by politicians during campaigns has been a recurring issue.
  • Donald Trump used the song "Always Get What You Want" before a speech on the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Other politicians who have faced backlash for using music without permission include Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Sarah Palin, John McCain, and the DNC.
  • Musicians are frustrated by politicians appropriating their music without consent and are calling for a collective stand against this practice.
  • The video highlights the importance of respecting artists' rights and obtaining proper licensing for music use.
  • Politicians are urged to stop using musicians' songs without permission and to engage in ethical practices during their campaigns.

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