Last weekend’s episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took on third party nominees Gary Johnson and Jill Stein and the video of the segment has already received over 5 million views and is being spread around social media sites like wild fire.
The description of the video states: “Third party candidates want to be serious contenders, so John Oliver considers them seriously as potential presidents.”
And that is exactly what he does.
Oliver analyzes and gives commentary on both Stein’s and Johnson’s positions. He acknowledges why these candidates might seem appealing, then takes apart their policies to reveal that there is really nothing substantial there.
John Oliver has become one of the most trusted news sources for American millennials. At the beginning of 2015, Time did a piece on the “John Oliver Effect,” detailing how John Oliver’s HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, was having putting some actual change into effect.
Oliver has had some viral videos during this election cycle. In 2015, Oliver vowed to put off talking about the 2016 race until the time was right. Since then, Oliver’s segments on the election have been viral hits.
His takedown of Donald Trump received over 29 million views.