John Oliver Uses Russian Techno Song to Warn Trump About Putin
"A man like Putin only wants power / he'll fake a tape of your golden shower."
John Oliver focused this week's episode of Last Week Tonight on Vladimir Putin, looking at the atrocities Putin has been accused of but also explaining to Americans that Putin is well liked in Russia.
"He's genuinely popular there," said Oliver, pointing to the fact Putin has his own pop song called "A Man Like Putin."
The Last Week Tonight host spoke about how Donald Trump is constantly defending himself for being so nice to Putin, and said, "It's a bit weird that you've been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep."
Oliver also took a look at the many Putin critics who have been killed or who have had fake sex tapes made about them. "Maybe Putin had nothing to do with any of that and just got lucky," said Oliver, suggesting the Russian leader maybe has a rabbit's foot.
He talked about how Putin often compares Russia to America and pointed out that Trump is doing the same thing, taking Putin's flawed "moral equivalence argument" and running with it.
"Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin's dreams, and who knows why he's acting this way. Maybe he's compromised, maybe he's an idiot, but since the president of the United States won't stick up for this country, I will," said Oliver. "America and Russia are not the f—ing same."
"Don't get me wrong, America has had and continues to have endemic problems that need fixing," he continued. "That might as well be the title of this show. But hold on though, because our elections have some flaws, but they are not rigged. Our human rights record is far from perfect, but it does not compare to Putin's Russia," and Oliver added, the press is still free enough that he can insult Trump regularly.
"I've talked a lot of shit and to his credit, Trump has not had me murdered — yet, yet, there's still time," said Oliver.
In order to quickly "educate" Trump about the Russian president, Oliver re-wrote the words to the Russian techno song about Putin.
"A man like Putin only wants power," sang ladies who danced on stage, "he'll fake a tape of your golden shower." Watch for the full song below.