John Oliver returned to ‘Last Week Tonight’ and he came out swinging, dedicating his weekly long take to breaking down Trump’s seemingly tenuous relationship with reality.
“We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day,” Oliver said, referring to Trump’s false claim that it did not rain during his inauguration speech, despite clear and hilarious evidence to the contrary. “Tonight, we thought it would be useful to try to answer four basic questions,” Oliver added. “How did we get a pathological liar in the White House? Where are his lies coming from? Why do so many people believe him? And what can we possibly do about it?”
Oliver drilled down on the way Trump’s inaccuracies work, pointing out things that likely won’t surprise any members of his well-informed audience: Trump won in part because people didn’t take his positions and commitment to spreading falsehoods seriously. His lies come from fringe outlets like Breitbart News and Info Wars—from stories he doesn’t verify and then only half remembers.
Sadly, “his followers believe Trump because he’s legitimized their already existing echo chambers,” Oliver explained. “We need to support the media and do a better job of vetting facts before we spread stories on social media,” Oliver told his viewers.
Sunday’s episode ended with a prankish surprise: Oliver went ahead and made some commercials specifically targeted at the president himself—booking them to run against all the morning shows Trump watches most.
And so, here we are—living with the reality that our commander in chief spreads blatant falsehoods about everything from the unemployment rate to climate change.
But Oliver might have figured out a way to educate the president on everything he might need to know in the four years to come. Oliver and his team went ahead and made some commercials specifically targeted at the president himself—booking them to run against all the morning shows Trump watches most.
The slew of commercials are set to air on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox news against their morning news shows in the Washington, D.C., area. The ads imitate catheter ads but slip in crucial information geared toward Trump regarding, say, the Geneva Convention, climate change, and who Tiffany Trump is.
Watch the segment in the video below: