John Oliver Blasts Third-Party Candidates for ‘Vague’ Ideas That ‘Crumble Under the Slightest Scrutiny’

John Oliver devoted the main segment of Last Week Tonight Sunday to a (relatively) sober analysis of the main third-party alternatives on offer to voters this November, specifically Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and Green Party’s Jill Stein. The verdict was not altogether kind.

Oliver blasted Stein for her campaign that relies heavily on “strategic vagueness,” a tactic which includes waffling on issues like vaccine efficacy and 9/11 truther conspiracies.

Of Stein’s ambitious, if vaguely defined, plan to cancel student debt: “When I said her student debt proposal was her version of Donald Trump’s border wall, I meant it. Because the only way it could be more unlikely is if she claimed Mexico was somehow going to pay for it.”

Johnson didn’t fare much better. Like Stein, he said, Johnson was “prone to overly simple solutions that could have disastrous consequences.”

Though the Democrats and Republicans had succeeded in nominating the most loathed candidates in modern American history, the third-party options pushed proposals that “crumble under the slightest scrutiny,” he said.

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