Monday, October 17, 2016

Trump Sings the Muppets & John Oliver Explains Why Voting 3rd Party Is a Bad Idea

Donald Trump Singing “Mahna Mahna” at the Presidential Debate Is Way Better Than His Actual Debate Performance  by Marissa Martinelli  Oct. 17 2016

For some of us, everything that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth already sounds like nonsense, but thanks to some clever editing from YouTube channel the Woodcreek Faction, that nonsense just got a whole lot catchier. A video pairing footage from the first presidential debate with “Mahna Mahna” has Trump singing the Muppets classic while an increasingly tense audience looks on.

The second presidential debate has already proven to be a fruitful source of memes, and this one makes a lot of sense: Trump, like the Muppet in the original “Mahna Mahna” video, is orange in color, scraggly-haired, and often completely incomprehensible to those around him. You’ll have that “do doo de-do-do” stuck in your head until at least Nov. 8.

Marissa Martinelli is a Slate editorial assistant.

John Oliver Explains Why Voting Third Party Is a Terrible Idea—and Not Just Because It Could Help Trump  by Marissa Martinelli  Oct. 17 2016

John Oliver can see the appeal of voting third party in a presidential election with major candidates as unpopular as these. Given the mistrust for Hillary Clinton and, well, almost everything Donald Trump has done, it’s little wonder that some Americans are desperate for a viable alternative, with Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein polling at 6.1 and 2.1 percent of the vote, respectively. But voting third-party is a bad move, says Oliver, and not just because picking Johnson or Stein could very well mean putting Donald Trump in the White House.

Both third-party candidates want to be taken seriously, so Oliver spent Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight vetting them seriously, and the verdict was, well, not great. Between Stein’s bizarre folk rock albums and her misguided proposal to eliminate student debt that evinces a complete misunderstanding of economics, she’s just too naïve, argues Oliver, while Johnson can’t even defend his own tax plan or keep his tongue inside his mouth. Choose wisely, America.

Marissa Martinelli is a Slate editorial assistant.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Best comment I've seen so far -- “Basically, Trump is everything wrong with America’s culture, and Hillary is everything wrong with our government,” said Janae Petitjean, 19, a Wake Technical Community College student.