John Oliver Couldn’t “Give Less of a Shit” About Donald Trump


On Wednesday, John Oliver stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to refrain from talking about the one guy America just can’t seem to stop talking about—Donald Trump.

“Do you care about him at all?” Colbert asked.

“I couldn’t give less of a shit,” Oliver responded to a raucous applause from the audience. “It’s physically impossible.”

He goes on to remind Colbert that it’s only 2015, and while the media remains laser-focused on reporting the antics of Trump and the rest of the 2016 candidates, he plans to wait until 2016 to actually weigh in.

“I don’t care until we’re in the same year as the thing I’m supposed to care about,” Oliver explained.

And as the comedian goes on to say, there are far greater issues outside of election-related items that warrant our discussion. Cue the next episode of Last Week Tonight.

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