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On Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked into the popular opinion amongst liberals that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are moderating influences on Donald Trump.
He summed up that thought as, “Basically if Trump is thinking about pressing a button labeled ‘Nuke Earth,’ they will, on behalf of all of us, guide his hand toward the button labeled ‘Hey Maybe Don’t,'” said Oliver.
He’s not convinced that Ivanka is very different from her father, saying the “apple doesn’t fall far from the orange” after playing a clip in which she lied about what was on Hillary Clinton’s website about childcare.
“The assumption that many of us has that she disagrees with him, isn’t actually based on much,” Oliver said. “Is it possible that she is doing nothing to moderate her father?” He called Ivanka’s non-specific answer to Gayle King asking her for a specific time she’s disagreed with her father “convenient” and said she has mastered the art of remaining vague, yet poised.
“So we should just give her credit when good stuff happens and then blame others when bad stuff happens?” questioned Oliver.
He also spoke about whether or not Jared Kushner has anything in his background that “justifies such a gigantic White House portfolio,” including trying to achieve peace in the Middle East. Oliver noted that a lot of people merely prefer Trump’s son-in-law to Steve Bannon.
“We shouldn’t be excited about a top White House advisor simply because he is preferable to a man best described as ‘Every Dark Thought Humanity Has Ever Had Inhabiting the Long-Dead Corpse of a Civil War Era Plantation Owner That Even His Fellow Plantation Owners Called ‘A Bit Much,”” said Oliver. He also dubbed Gilbert Gottfried’s voice over Kushner’s in an interview, to prove that Kushner’s voice is not often heard because he is so quiet publicly.
Oliver said that while his segment may “seem like an evisceration of both Jared and Ivanka,” it’s not, because he doesn’t know them enough to eviscerate them. Just like, he added, Americans don’t know enough about them to place their hopes on them.
“It is dangerous to think of them as a moderating influence, as reassuring as that may feel, because believe me — and it gives me no pleasure to say this — if they are the reason you are sleeping at night, you should probably still be awake.”
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