John Oliver: Trump Lying About Taping Comey Was "Extraordinarily Stupid"
“Whenever Trump talks, it’s like a cross between a lottery machine that spits out words and a Speak & Spell that just fell into a toilet.”
John Oliver does not think Donald Trump made the right decision back in May when he bluffed that he might have taped James Comey during their conversations. The president recently admitted to Fox News that he never did in fact tape Comey, he just pretended that he did, implying he was trying to keep Comey honest.
"I didn’t tape him," Trump said in the interview. Oliver played a clip of Trump speaking in what amounted to a word salad about the Obama administration, surveillance and the term "unmasking."
"What the f— was that?” Oliver laughed after listening to Trump speak. "Whenever Trump talks, it’s like a cross between a lottery machine that spits out words and a Speak & Spell that just fell into a toilet."
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Oliver continued to play footage from the Fox News interview in which Trump described how, in his opinion, Comey was forced to tell the truth once he found out "that there may be tapes out there." The Fox reporter told Trump that was a "smart way" to make sure Comey stays honest and Trump responded. "Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that.”
The Last Week Tonight host mocked the Fox News reporter's pandering, joking that it displayed "world class reporting" by really holding Trump's feet to the fire. Then, he broke down what Trump's words actually mean.
“He didn’t just casually admit to misleading the American public. He also implied that doing so may have swayed Comey’s testimony which, if that was his intent, could constitute witness tampering,” said Oliver. "And on top of all that, he then implied he made Comey tell the truth about their conversations, seemingly verifying Comey’s account, which is incredibly damaging to the president. So, yeah, Trump might actually be right: it wasn’t very stupid, it was extraordinarily stupid.”