There are a million videos that make a mockery of Donald Trump but that's not what we're after. We wanted to find the ones that either provoked the presidential candidate to respond through the media, created a sticky narrative among voters or both.
1. John Oliver Wants To Make Donald Drumph Again
On the third episode of the third season of HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver makes Trump's presidential campaign the main story of the show by referring to it as "America's back mole."
"It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it's become frighteningly bigger, it's no longer wise to ignore it."
The segment squarely placed Oliver and his writing team in the spotlight by the mainstream media. From Trump's failed businesses to his surprising ancestry, Oliver takes the Republican nominee on with his comprehensive narrative that turned in 85 million video views - HBO's highest viewing records to date. After Trump's false claims of being invited to the show, Oliver responds sharply (and hilariously) with an anti-Trump ensemble of hats, hashtags, a Chrome Drumfinator Extension which turns all words of Trump into Drumpf and, of course, fireworks.
2. Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Pushes Trump Supporters To The Limit
What do puppets and Trump supporters have in common? A lot, since neither of them know their strings are being pulled. In this segment, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog pulls his own strings to bring together "actual Trump supporters to this actual focus group research center to watch these actual fake Trump campaign ads."
In one of the fake campaign ads, a Trump voice impressionist narrates the plan of putting something in place before the wall gets constructed. The plan would include shock collars on Mexicans preventing them from crossing "an invisible fence" that borders around the US.
"I know what you're thinking. How do we get all 150 million Mexicans to wear the shock collars?" says the Trump impressionist. "Easy. The collars will have the only thing they love more than crime - Bling. Trump quality. And the Mexicans will pay for them."
Not only did the focus group seem to accept that the ad was really one under consideration by the Trump campaign, but one woman in the group suggested that perhaps a better idea would be to inject would-be illegal immigrants with a tracking device disguised as a vaccine.
3. Donald Trump Gets Zinged By President Obama And Seth Meyers At Correspondence Dinner
In 2011, Trump showed up to the famed dinner as a potential presidential candidate furiously pushing the conspiracy that Obama was born outside the United States. But after it was repeatedly debunked and Hawaii released Obama’s original long-form birth certificate, the President egged Trump's "credentials and breadth of experience".
"For example — no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ — at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks," jabbed Obama. "And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey."
In all fairness, one Washington Post reporter penned his actual experience as he sat next to The Donald that day. “I’m fine with this stuff,” pressed Trump when asked about the upcoming jokes.
“The president was making jokes about me,” he recalled this week. “I was having a great time. I was so honored. I was actually so honored. And honestly, he delivered them well.” But as for Seth Meyers, the gloves were off.
Trump reportedly left humiliated after a string of stinging jokes mocking his hair, his taste, his reality television show, and his fixation on the "birther" movement. One report from the New York Times even suggested that it was this event that triggered a chain of events lead to Trump's eventual presidential bid. While that could be a stretch, no one could doubt the amount of coverage it had and perhaps helped elevate his name.
Interesting note - no one in the crowd knew until the next day was that even as Obama joked in his monologue, he had authorized the secret raid that took out Osama bin Laden.
4. Khizr Khan Offers Trump His Copy Of The Constitution
In a tribute to his son, Khizr Khan offered a citizenship lesson to Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention. Khan's son, Capt. Humayun Khan, died trying to stop a suicide bomber outside the gates of his base in Baquba in 2004. In a Politico article, the writer described the speech as Trump's potential Joe McCarthy moment.
Khan delivered a scathing speech that echoed outside the halls of the DNC.
"Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States constitution?" As Khan pulled out his copy of the Constitution from his suit's pocket, the crowd reached a fever pitch. "I will gladly lend you my copy."
"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities."
He then leveled a statement at the Republican nominee directly that not only had impact coming from a father whose child died for America, but from some of the GOP's top elected. "As a veteran, I conger with this father of a fallen hero, that is trump has not sacrificed a thing or a person for this country," said one Facebook commenter. "And it appalls me that we who served or serve now, can seriously follow [Donald Trump], without truly evaluating what he is really saying."
5. Donald Trump's Response To Khizr Khan's Family
During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump could have responded with "my condolences to the Khan family for their sacrifices and deepest appreciation for their son's service to this great country."
Instead, he railed on the silence of Khizr Khan's wife Ghazala during the speech by suggesting that women (especially Muslim women) are not allowed to speak. Ghazala later explained that the emotions she contained for her dead son would be too much for her if she began to speak.
Then the echoes from the DNC's biggest speech finally caught up to the interview on ABC. As for sacrifices Trump has made for his country, the GOP candidate appeared to compare Humayun Khan’s supreme sacrifice to well … job creation.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs,” Trump said.
Stephanopoulos: “Those are sacrifices?”
Trump: “Oh sure, I think they’re sacrifices. I think when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things. Even in military, I mean I was very responsible, along with a group of people, for getting the Vietnam memorial in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.”
The response drew ire from both sides of the isle.
"While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us," McCain said. "I'd like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We're a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation—and he will never be forgotten."
Since the airing of ABC interview with Trump, the campaign has desperately tried to contain the new narrative by describing Humayun Khan as a “hero” but quickly reverted back to his narcissistic response. “I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq War, not me!”
If the Khan's speech was the coffin, this interview would be the final nail.