Monday, November 14, 2016

John Oliver's 2016 Sign-Off



John Oliver on Trump: 'A Klan-backed misogynist internet troll' is president

The Last Week Tonight host shared his fears over what might occur under a Trump presidency and urged people to band together and fight against hatred

‘It’s like we’re on a plane and we just found out our pilot is a wombat’ … John Oliver on our next president. Photograph: YouTube

The Guardian  Benjamin Lee 14 November 2016 

John Oliver’s first post-election show gave the host a chance to implore that people refrain from normalizing Donald Trump as president.

The comedian used the episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to express his dismay and concern over the result.


  “It turns out that instead of showing our daughters that they could someday be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world,” he said. He said since Tuesday, there had been “wave after wave of nausea”.

He speculated on what a Trump presidency would look like, revisiting some of the reality TV star’s statements on the campaign trail.

“Our president-elect has, at various times, said he would bomb civilians, loot oil and waterboard, which isn’t a military strategy so much as the series of words that Donald Rumsfeld mutters so he can stay hard while he’s masturbating,” he said.

Oliver went on to say: “We are faced with the same questions as a guy that woke up the day after a Vegas bachelor party, deep in the desert, naked, tied to a cactus and a dead clown. Namely, how the fuck did we get here and what the fuck do we do now?”

He also discussed a common Republican response since the result: pundits and politicians telling us to give him a chance and see what happens.

“It’s like we’re on a plane and we just found out our pilot is a wombat,” he said. “I don’t like this, I don’t understand how it happened and I’m pretty sure we’re heading for disaster but what the hell, come on, batty, prove me wrong!”

He also believes that this can be a dangerous frame of mind to have. “Optimism is nice if you can swing it but you’ve got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and he is not normal,” he said. “He is abnormal. He is a human ‘what is wrong with this picture?’”

One of Trump’s commonly used expressions was that he would “drain the swamp”, a reference to his claim that he will rid Washington of corruption and career politicians. But Oliver listed his projected new team, including Rudy Guiliani and Chris Christie, and noted the hypocrisy.

He said the government would now be “so swampy that you’re going to need to swap out Air Force One for one of those shallow bottomed boats with a big fan on the back”.

Oliver discussed the role the media has played in the election, refusing to call Trump out on his many lies and also the dangerous fact that fake stories on Facebook have been widely shared. “News is now one of the three things we get from social media,” he said. “The other two being our entire sense of self-worth and pictures of shaved alpacas.”

He went on to list organizations that people should be donating money to before Trump becomes president, from women’s rights to LGBT rights, given the worrying time certain groups will now face.

He also said people need to stay here and fight and again urged people not to consider this normal.

“A Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address,” he said. “That is not normal. That is fucked up.”

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