John Oliver: We Must Fight Trump, a ‘Klan-Backed Misogynist Internet Troll’

John Oliver: We Must Fight Trump, a ‘Klan-Backed Misogynist Internet Troll’

John Oliver, like most liberal comedians, did his damnedest to prevent Donald Trump and Mike Pence from reaching the White House. He tore apart the former reality-show host for bragging about sexually assaulting women, explained how his scandals were far worse than Hillary Clinton’s, and even offered up his Emmy to Trump if he’d deliver a concession speech and ensure a peaceful transfer of power upon losing.
Well, Trump managed the unthinkable: He won. He is now the president-elect. And Oliver, like more than half of Americans who cast their ballot, is shocked and terrified. 

“It’s true! That happened!” he exclaimed. “It turns out, 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.”

On Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, the season finale episode of the Emmy-winning HBO series, Oliver dedicated his entire half-hour to the 2016 election. He worried how Trump would shape the Supreme Court, what will happen now that a man who’s advocated waterboarding and bombing terrorists’ families is in charge of the military, and mocked the silliness of the Electoral College—since Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, may receive as many as 2.5 million more votes by the time California is fully tallied.

And sure, many are happy to see him in office—from those who think he’ll bring jobs back to Scott Baio and Vladimir Putin. “But for the rest of us, 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?!” said Oliver.

There is also the matter of the media, which the late-night host went after aggressively, criticizing a recent Pew Media Research study that reported how 62 percent of Americans say they get their news from social media, and 44 percent say they get it from Facebook. It’s best to avoid this new breed of “hyperpartisan, wildly distorted clickbait” from sties like Addiction Info and Freedom Daily because, well, a lot of it is bullshit. Another recent study of two weeks of Facebook activity found that 38 percent of news shared on Republican-leaning Facebook pages—and 19 percent of news on Democrat-leaning Facebook pages—was false.


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