John Oliver’s new target: The ‘Trump of the East,’ Phillipines presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte

May 9, 2016 10:18 AM

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In his opening segment on Last Week Tonight Sunday, host John Oliver took a couple jabs at Donald Trump before turning his attention to a man deemed, somehow, even more outrageous: the rape-joke-making, death-squad-endorsing Philippines presidential front-runner, Rodrigo Duterte, who was leading in the early count in Monday’s election.

“Obviously, the big news here in the U.S. is that Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president,” Oliver said on the HBO show. “That’s right, this sentient circus peanut now holds the future of a major political party in his tiny, raccoon paw-sized hands—which is frankly a lit...

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