John Oliver Tears Into “Self-Serving Half-Man” Donald Trump and His Response to Khizr Khan

The Last Week Tonight host slammed the Republican nominee as a “damaged, sociopathic narcissist.”

During the Democratic National Convention last week, Khizr Khan, the father of an American soldier who was killed in Iraq, delivered a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump, in which he claimed the Republican nominee knew nothing about making sacrifices. In an interview with ABC News, Trump responded to the speech by attacking Khan’s wife, insinuating that she was “not allowed” to speak at the convention because of the couple’s religion. Trump also argued that he, like the Khan family, made plenty of sacrifices by creating “tens of thousands of jobs” over the years.

Trump’s remarks sparked bipartisan condemnation. And on Sunday, John Oliver joined the chorus of widespread criticism of the real estate magnate, whom he described as a “damaged, sociopathic narcissist.”

“No, they are absolutely not,” Oliver said after airing the clip of Trump likening his business success to sacrifices. “They are self-serving half-truths from a self-serving half-man who has somehow convinced half the country that sacrifice is the same thing as success.”


Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.