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John Oliver eviscerates Donald Trump for not giving "a sh*t about America’s hungry families"

The "Last Week Tonight" host says Trump is a perfect face for America's waste management problem

Colin Gorenstein
July 20, 2015 4:46PM (UTC)

John Oliver thinks it's time we all start addressing our relationship with food waste. Starting with Donald Trump.

“If you’re thinking, ‘But hold on, John, what if I’m an asshole who couldn’t give a shit about America’s hungry families or the long-term viability of life on earth?’ Well, first let me say, ‘Mr. Trump! Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this show tonight. It’s lovely to have you with us,” Oliver quipped on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight."


Oliver spent the program's 18-minute segment diving into America's problem with food waste management. First, pointing to a Natural Resources Defense Council report showing that Americans waste 40 percent of the food that's produced every year.

That's $165 billion. Or, enough to fill 730 ("coked-up Willy Wonka") football stadiums.

“Food waste is like the band Rascall Flatts: It can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage,” Oliver said.

Watch the clip courtesy of HBO below:

Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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