John Oliver Takes on the “Electoral Clusterfuck” of the Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

“This is a system that clearly needs wholesale reform.”


Ah, presidential primaries and caucuses, or as John Oliver described them on Sunday, “the electoral foreplay that we have been engaging in since February, which will culminate in the mass balloon ejaculations of this summer’s conventions.”

Despite the fact that both Republicans and Democrats have all but decided their respective nominees, as the recent chaos that erupted at the Nevada Democratic Convention demonstrated, emotions over who will make it to the general election are still running high. Much of that can be blamed on a deeply complicated set of rules that tend to differ from state to state, and it can leave voters with the suspicion that the entire process is rigged.

“To be fair to both parties, they are basically private clubs and they can set their own rules,” Oliver said. “But if you play by a system of complex, opaque rules that nobody understands and that you could use to your advantage, even if you don’t, you are going to alienate voters.

“This is a system that clearly needs wholesale reform,” he added.

Watch above to see the Last Week Tonight host break down the convoluted system.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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