On Last Week Tonight, Oliver covered a range of recent Trump controversies, including the presidents Boy Scouts speech and the proposed immigration bill
On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at the Trump administration for its continued, self-generated chaos, addressing the presidents comments about his speech to the Boy Scouts jamboree, the White House not meeting his standards, embarrassing leaked phone call transcripts with other world leaders and advisor Stephen Millers contentious exchange with members of the press regarding the administrations proposed immigration legislation.
Much like the disintegration of western civilization, we begin tonight with Donald Trump, the Donald Trump Jr of American presidents, Oliver began. Trump is taking a 17-day vacation from work, which means, more importantly, America may be getting a 17-day vacation from Trump.
Although while hes there he will still have access to the nuclear codes and, even worse, wifi, so dont relax, never relax, your life is still a torture chamber of fear and panic, the host continued. Trump was leaving at the end of what the White House has deemed American Dream week, which Trump chose to mark by demeaning as many American institutions as he possibly could.
Oliver then recapped some of the controversies that engulfed the administration last week, including the presidents lie that the president of the Boy Scouts called him to praise his speech at the jamboree, and a report in Golf magazine that Trump called the White House a dump.
Yes, it seems a little odd to call an objectively grand residence a dump, Oliver said, also noting that Trump refuted the story in a tweet. Until you remember that Trumps taste in interior design is a cross between C-3POs colon and a museum where no one has ever learned anything.
The journalist who wrote that story stood by it, stating that Trump said this in front of eight or nine people, which is actually a pretty brilliant way to get Trump to confirm it: estimate the size of his crowd and just wait for him to correct you, Oliver joked before mocking the presidents preoccupation with crowd size.
I didnt call the White House a dump in front of eight or nine people; I said it in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and all of them were tens, and all of them loved it and the next day everyone called me and told me no one has ever done a better job of calling the White House a dump.
Oliver continued: I dont want to give you the impression it was only Trump in the White House attacking cornerstones of America this week. It was also Stephen Miller, policy adviser and Vitamin D-deficient minion. It is genuinely hard to find a photo of him not looking like a minion.
Miller spoke to the press this week about the White House support for a draconian immigration bill, which would slash legal immigration in half over a decade and make citizenship contingent on factors such as English ability, education levels and job skills, Oliver explained.
He then showed the now-notorious footage of Millers heated exchange with Jim Acosta, CNNs White House correspondent, about the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty; Miller said the poem was added later, rendering its message unimportant.
Just because it wasnt part of the original does not mean it is worthless, Oliver responded. Some of the best things ever made were changed partway through. Did you know, for instance, there was a time when the Fast & Furious movies didnt have The Rock in them? Its true, and they sucked. Thats why they added the fucking Rock.
That clearly wasnt the greatest piece of communication from Stephen Miller, so naturally the White House is now considering him for the communications director job, taking over for the dearly departed Mooch, Oliver said, proceeding to delve into Millers controversial history.
Hes 31 human years old, Oliver joked. Hes the same age as the Olsen twins. The point is Miller is so young that there are actually videos on the internet of what he was like in high school.
Oliver then showed an old video of Miller campaigning for student government; in it, he says he is tired of being asked to pick up his own trash, adding that there are plenty of janitors to do it for us.
He is truly one of the most revolting humans, parentheses minions, I have ever seen, Oliver said. In a way, there is no more fitting spokesman for the Trump administration than an entitled, elitist asshole who refuses to take responsibility for the messes he makes and who can somehow manage to pick a fight with a fucking statue.