John Oliver Calls for Vigilance Against President-Elect Trump, a "Klan-backed Misogynist Internet Troll"
"We’re going to have to actively stand up for one another."
John Oliver dedicated Sunday's Last Week Tonight, the final episode of his 2016 season, to President-elect Donald Trump.
"It turns out, instead of showing our daughters that they could someday be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world,” said Oliver.
The host explained how he and many others had been cycling through periods of nausea and numbness after finding out that Trump will be the next president of the United States. He said that while he accepts that Trump won the electoral vote, he isn't too sure that the sentiment of "give Trump a chance" is the right way to go because that's like hoping a wombat piloting your plane won't crash it.
"Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you've got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump," said Oliver. "And he's not normal. He's abnormal. He's a human 'What is wrong with this picture?' He sticks out like a sore thumb, and, frankly, he even looks like a sore thumb. So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he’s proposed, is dangerous because some of them are alarming.”
Oliver played a clip of all of the campaign promises Trump has made, calling it a "to-do list on Satan's refrigerator."
"While some are arguing that Trump might not have meant all those things, that leaves us with two devastating options: Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single word he said or we elected one who did.”
He criticized Trump for legitimizing "weird conspiracy bullshit" and for being a hypocrite, saying he would "drain the swamp" and then hiring establishment people to his transition team.
"We’re going to need to stay here and fight, and not just politically in four years when he’s up for reelection, but constantly: monitoring legislation as it moves through Congress and f—ing voting when your legislators come up for reelection in two years,” said the Last Week Tonight host. He said that is the "barest minimum" of what's needed. “We’re going to have to actively stand up for one another. And it can’t be just sounding off on the internet, or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble. I’m talking about actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat.”
Oliver recommended donating to organizations that may be affected by Trump's presidency, including Planned Parenthood, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Center for Reproductive Rights, Natural Resources Defense Council, International Refugee Assistance Project, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Trevor Project.
“It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal — especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions — so keep reminding yourself: This is not normal,” said Oliver. “Write it on a Post-It note and stick it on your refrigerator, hire a skywriter once a month, tattoo it on your ass, because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address, and that is not normal. It is f—ed up."
Oliver ended his segment with different people — including celebrities like Amy Schumer, Larry David, Larry Wilmore and Kathy Griffin — saying "F— you" to the year 2016.