John Oliver Reacts to Trump's Victory: 'What the F*ck Do We Do Now?' (Two Things)
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver reminded viewers the Sunday before election day that he may have been slightly responsible for Donald Trump's presidential run. But he's not laughing now.
"One minute you're numb, and the next minute you realize that Donald Trump... will soon have access to the nuclear codes. And then maybe you get distracted by daily life until it hits you again: Oh, our future president was supported by a former grand wizard of the Klan and 60 million people voted for him despite that," Oliver pointed out.
Even after finally managing to get some sleep, "You wake up realizing, oh sh*t, the Supreme Court! Because remember Merrick Garland, who the Republicans have refused to confirm all year?" Trump will fill that SCOTUS slot and maybe more.
Donald Trump, John Oliver and at least half of America now have a very pressing question.
"What the f*ck do we do now?" Oliver asked.
For the late-night host, normalizing Trump isn't an option.
"The man hasn't even been a president for a day yet, all right? Let's give him a chance to be the president," mainstream pundits have said over and over again for nearly a week.
"Now, in the broadest sense, I get that impulse, hope for the best in the face of very long odds," Oliver said in response. "It's like we're on a plane and we just found out our pilot is a wombat. I don't like this, I don't understand how it happened and I'm pretty sure we're headed for disaster, but what the hell, come on, Batty, prove me wrong," he said, adding that, "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's not normal."
Aside from coming into office with less political experience than any president in history, the other major challenge Trump faces is fulfilling the promises that propelled his win in the first place, "because some of them are alarming," John Oliver said.
"Giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies that he's proposed, is dangerous," Oliver pointed out. This leaves two options:
"Either we just elected a president who didn't mean a single word he said, or we elected one who did and it's impossible to know which one," Oliver explained.
But the right move is not to go to Canada, as so many have threatened.
“We’re going to need to stay here and fight, and not just politically in four years when he’s up for reelection, but constantly, monitoring legislation as it moves through Congress, and f*cking voting when your legislators come up for reelection in two years,” Oliver said.
“But that is still below the barest minimum of what is going to be needed,” Oliver added.
"Last Week Tonight" also tweeted organizations you may want to donate to, especially in light of a Trump presidency:
If you can afford the time or money, here are some organizations that are worth supporting…— Last Week Tonight (@Last Week Tonight) 1479098084.0
To support women's health: Planned Parenthood (https://t.co/X5wWRvmZA4) or the Center for Reproductive Rights (https://t.co/Fmv3NDumck).— Last Week Tonight (@Last Week Tonight) 1479098221.0
If you don’t believe man-made global warming is a a silly issue, give to the Natural Resources Defense Council (https://t.co/CNllXnlAIG).— Last Week Tonight (@Last Week Tonight) 1479098252.0
If you don’t think refugees are a terrorist army in disguise give to the International Refugee Assistance Project (https://t.co/K2DDLuh8zs).— Last Week Tonight (@Last Week Tonight) 1479098325.0