Of course, the 2016 election muddied things. As those near the end of "The Confidence Man" point out, it's become impossible to discern what truly motivates Trump in terms of foreign policy and how much he stands to benefit financially from his seat in the Oval Office. One hopes he knows he's landed himself in a place where net worth doesn't translate to success, but it seems he's historically only ever been about one thing.
So "The Confidence Man" becomes a cautionary tale. It finishes by razing Trump's image as a political Steve Jobs and reshaping him as someone more in league with P.T. Barnum, the conclusion being that the same artifice that dazzled viewers during The Apprentice has extended to Washington, D.C. While that's not exactly a new argument -- fans of John Oliver will feel like they're watching more in-depth cuts of his famous Drumpf takedowns, minus the jokes -- it's still unnerving. Trump commands the approval of just under 40% of the nation, and his chicanery will likely continue unnoticed amid screams of "Fake news!" As Davidson laments, "A significant and crucial part of the American people so fundamentally misunderstand the most basic principles of ethics and morality and business practices, and that, to me, is really scary because what choices are they going to keep making, again and again?"