John Oliver on Donald Trump

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john oliverIf you haven’t seen this yet, you really need to. However, it is a little over 20 minutes long. When you have some spare time on your hands, click this video for a complete breakdown on Donald Trump courtesy of HBO’s John Oliver. It is hilarious and on point. I do warn that Oliver uses some NSFW language.

As we head into Super Tuesday, Trump continues to take the world by storm (something I predicted on The Red Bayou Show last July). His poll numbers continue to rise, and the enthusiasm of his supporters continues to grow. As far as Presidential candidates are concerned, he is like nothing I have seen in my lifetime. But what is behind the hype? How much do we know about him that he might not want us to know? I’ll admit, most of what I knew about Trump was a combination of image and that he’s a good follow on twitter.

To this point, Donald Trump has run the Republican Primary like a reality show contestant. Ask Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush what it’s like to go to “Tribal Council” or, in Trump terms, “The Board Room” with Trump. This is something he has experience with, and it has been working like a champ. He has developed a divide and conquer strategy among Republicans. Like a lion on the Serengeti, he has continued to find what he views to be the weakest of the herd and take them out. But, as the herd has dwindled, they are beginning to strike back. This is the part on a reality show where more is revealed about the contestant. You start to think every week that THIS is the week they are eliminated, but they normally have some sort of immunity pass to get them to the next round.

It remains to be seen if Trump has an “immunity idol” in his back pocket, but we are certainly learning more about him. Some of the points that Oliver makes that really stood out to me were a) the campaign funding issue, b) Trump’s fast and loose relationship with the truth, and c) the issue of constantly threatening to sue people.

For those who don’t know him, John Oliver has a weekly show on HBO called, Last Week Tonight. Before that, he was on The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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