Weekdays are for late night but weekends are for Saturday Night Live and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. While sometimes I crave me a little bit of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, or Conan O’Brien on a weekend, I know that I’m always OK as long as John Oliver is there to give me a run down on everything I need to know about society and politics.
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver analyzed President Trump’s federal budget proposal, which boosts military and defense spending while reducing or eliminating crucial federal programs like the Environmental Protection Agency.
In response to a CNN clip with a scrolling list of departments that would face cuts under Trump’s “skinny budget,” the comedian likened the situation to the “end credits for America.” “Thanks for helping us out, Agriculture Department,” he cracked. “Hope you find a gig with the next country that rises from our ashes. (via Rolling Stone)
Here’s the full clip:
Oliver closed the segment by using Trump’s own words against him, quoting a section from his best-selling 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. “You can’t con people, at least not for long,” a narrator recited. “You can create excitement. You can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.” “Oh, I think people are catching on,” Oliver said.
Is anyone else surprised that one of two things hasn’t happened yet? The first is that I’m surprised that John Oliver isn’t dead. Surely by now Donald Trump’s heard or seen something about each week Oliver grills this administration. You’d think Oliver might “mysteriously” disappear in a river somewhere. The second is that Donald Trump hasn’t offered him a job yet. I mean if you want Oliver to shut up then give him a seat in the White House.
We all know scenario 2 would never happen and Oliver would never accept but the first scenario? I’m still a little puzzled that Oliver’s still a functioning human being on television. If there’s one thing you still have to like about America, it’s that we can have shows like this and not get sentenced to death for having them.
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