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He called Trump a 'self-serving half-man' who thinks sacrifice is the same as success.

After a week at the Republican National Convention that could easily be described as “chaotic,” all the Democratic National Convention had to do was be coherent. But as John Oliver explains as he tries to make sense of the DNC, it wasn’t quite that easy.

An email hack and a resignation kicked off the week that showed a mostly united front and the kind of rhetoric and conversations that pundits normally see at the RNC with plenty of moving speeches along the way. But one of the biggest controversies persisted even after the convention ended.

Oliver soon set his sights on Donald Trump’s response to Khizr Khan, the lawyer and father of slain Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan who asked Trump if he had ever even read the U.S. Constitution in a moving speech at the DNC last week. His comments received bipartisan criticism as more Gold Star families demand an apology from Trump.

Even in an election cycle where Trump’s comments have fueled outrage almost daily, this was apparently a step too far.

“Honestly, the main takeaway from these two weeks is that, incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist, that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities—and I genuinely did not think that was a part of the job that someone could be bad at,” Oliver said.

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How did the late-night hosts do at the DNC?
When Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah descended upon Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention (some live and some literally, but all of them with their material), the task was pretty simple yet daunting: Try and make sense of the whole thing.
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