Bad Optics on the Campaign Trail

August 11, 2016 - Ana Marie Cox 08/11/2016 Views: 1,918

Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton for associating with a controversial figure despite standing in close proximity to supporter and disgraced ex-Congressman Mark Foley. (2:42)

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much!

Thank you very much!Thank you. So kind.

-Please have a seat.-(crowd shouting "Larry!")

Welcome to The Nightly Show!

They are correct.I am Larry Wilmore.

Man, what-what a fun crowdtonight.

-(whooping)-We got so much,

so much going on in this crowd.

We got a little preggershappening,

we got a little Star Trek and office fight going on.

But tonight we're gonna talkabout infinity.

-(cheering and applause)-Okay, so... No.

This is w... She said...

I swear to God... So, you guysdon't get to hear these.

"Larry, what do you thinkabout infinity?" (groans)

This is the question.

I just think if it werea little shorter, I'd be for it.

That's it.Okay, so, the other night,

we reported that the fatherof the Orlando massacre gunman

was spotted behind HillaryClinton at a campaign rally

in Florida, right? Okay, now,

optics are very importantin this election, right?

Which is why Trump didn't wasteany time

in attacking Hillary for this.

And, by the way,speaking of that,

wasn't it terrible...

Okay, wait, wait, wait, wait.

Wait a second.

Before I show you the restof this clip,

I have to do two things.First, I have to point out

that sitting directly behindTrump is Mark Foley.

Remember Mark Foley?

He's the ex-Florida congressmanwho resigned in disgrace

ten years ago for sexuallyharassing underaged boys, right?

Yeah, that's the guy.

Well, there he issitting right behind Trump.

Nice. In the very same spotonscreen

as the Orlando shooter's father.

Yes.

Thank you, irony gods.

Oh, and the second thingI have to do...

is take outthis bucket of popcorn

so I can savor all thedelicious, butter-soaked irony.

Roll the clip, please.

Wasn't it terrible

when the fatherof the animal that killed

-the wonderful people...-Uh-huh, mm-hmm.

-in Orlando...-Yeah, right.

was sitting with a big smile

-on his face...-Look, look at that guy.

-right behind Hillary Clinton?-Look, look, look, look, look.

-And by the way...-Look, look, look, look.

including a lotof the people here--

how many of you people know me?A lot of you people know me.

-Right?-(crowd cheers)

Can you even believe this?

I can't even believe it.Seriously...

-(cheering, applause)-No, it's so...

so much fun.

I mean, if this were in a movieI would leave the theater,

because it seemstoo unrealistic.

And I recentlysat through 90 minutes

of Kevin Spaceyswitching bodies with a cat.