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Last Week Tonight host John Oliver shot down Donald Trump’s understanding of women’s rights, while also vowing to stay in the country even if the Republican presidential nominee wins the election, during a gala on Tuesday night.
Oliver spoke at the gala for the Center for Reproductive Rights at New York’s Lincoln Center to honor filmmaker Dawn Porter and author Isabel Allende.
“Good evening, gentlemen and nasty women,” he greeted the room, referencing Trump’s debate remark to Hillary Clinton to cheers from the crowd.
Oliver joked about the idea that anti-Trump voters will “move to Canada” if he gets elected. “I am not going to Canada,” Oliver promised. “Armageddon is not enough to force me up there. I’m staying. I’m staying in this country like the string quartet stayed on the Titanic.”
Oliver also addressed the presidential candidate’s comments during the last debate in which he said that “in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”
“In terms of the communication about reproductive rights and the conversation that is so important,” the rhetoric in the third presidential debate was dangerous, according to Oliver. “His discussion of late-term abortions showed no real understanding of how abortions work, no clear understanding of the basic biology of women’s bodies and a very poor sense of grammar as well, so I guess we got in a sense what we were asking for,” said the comedian and political commentator. “If you ask Donald Trump to draw a fallopian tube, I cannot imagine what you would get back, other than a child’s drawing of a cobra.”
Oliver also paid tribute to Porter, whom he called one of his “favorite filmmakers in the world” and said her film Trapped was “an absolute spectacular document of the challenges that reproductive health faces.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights is a legal advocacy organization that works to defend reproductive rights. Tuesday’s event raised $1 million.
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