John Oliver Buys Fact-Based TV Ads to Educate Donald Trump
The 'Last Week Tonight' host returns and dedicates most of his season premiere to President Trump.
John Oliver returned with a new season of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, saying that while he would like to focus on "complex, depressing policy issues," he first must address the concept of reality under President Donald Trump.
"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?" asked Oliver, saying these are the questions he wanted to focus the segment on.
Oliver played a series of clips of Trump's lies, called out those who defend him and showed where Trump gets his news (cable, Breitbart, InfoWars). He said it was dangerous for people to then only get their news directly from the president, comparing that situation to North Korea.
Offering a solution, Oliver revealed his plan to incorporate facts into the president's media diet.
"As we now know, he watches morning news cable for his information, so we’ve actually created a series of commercials in an attempt to bring him up to speed on some information he may lack. We’re going to run them on shows that we know he watches every day," said Oliver. He took out commercials in the DC area on shows like MSNBC's Morning Joe, CNN's New Day and Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends.
At the end of the segment, Oliver played clips of some of the Trump-educational commercials, which touched on the nuclear triad, climate change, appetizer forks, how not all black people live in the inner cities and the concept that there are many "non-you people" out there.
"Until we're shut down, we're prepared to educate Donald Trump one by one on topics we're pretty sure he doesn't know about," said Oliver.
Oliver recently said he wants to avoid making his show constantly dedicated to Trump, although he's aware that Trump coverage is unavoidable.
"I think we're very anxious to not make it all Trump, all the time — both on a level of interest and on a level of what the human soul can sustain," said Oliver.