'Last Week Tonight': John Oliver on the Presidential Debate and Why Trump Being on His "Best Behavior" Isn't High Praise

John Oliver
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The HBO host fact-checked Trump for several statements he made during Thursday's debate and weighed in on Trump's comment that he was "least racist person in the room."

John Oliver kicked off Sunday's Last Week Tonight by diving into the presidential debate and the latest news revolving around President Trump.

The HBO host fact-checked Trump for several comments he made during Thursday's debate between the president and Joe Biden. Those included Trump saying the U.S. is "rounding the corner" as it pertains to the coronavirus and that wind turbines kill all birds (both of which Oliver said were not true).

He then noted that Trump insisted during the debate that he was the "least racist person in the room."

"That is strange for multiple reasons," Oliver said, including the fact that "that room contained his family. So he's effectively throwing them under the bus."

Oliver noted that the media and talking-head response to this debate was "slight relief," with one newscaster noting that "no one set themselves on fire." However, Oliver opined, that isn't really high praise.

"What is really sad here, is that when people claim Trump was on his best behavior, that's actually true," Oliver said. "But his best behavior is still absolutely appalling because even when the bar is so low as to be virtually nonexistent … the unshakable fact is unless you set the bar at 'nobody caught fire,' Trump will always find a way to disappoint."

Oliver also addressed the controversy surrounding Hunter Biden and the "laptop from hell." But Oliver noted that "there are a lot of red flags here, including the fact that the New York Post story that broke it was reportedly written mostly by a staff reporter who refused to put his name on it and the laptop's conduit to the press is Rudy Giuliani, who intelligence officials flagged last year was the target of a Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump."

He added that "Giuliani's ability to spot fraudulent information is at best, not great. He's so technologically illiterate, he has butt-dialed a reporter and left an accidental voicemail more than once."

In addition, news outlets recently reported that he appears in the new Borat sequel where he appears to be putting his hand down his pants while helping a woman taking her microphone off.

"Any information that Giuliani is passing on should be treated with extreme caution," Oliver said.