John Oliver unloaded on Trump for his “ludicrously dramatic week” during Sunday’s Last Week Tonight.
Oliver was floored by how much occurred over the past seven days. Because his show aired immediately after the conclusion of James Comey’s blistering 20/20 interview with George Stephanopoulos, Oliver was only able to comment on the numerous “tantalizing” teaser clips that had aired earlier.
In one, Comey discussed telling President-elect Trump just days before his inauguration that a dossier indicated that Russians had a videotape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room, which might make him vulnerable to influence from Putin. Comey told Stephanopoulos,
I honestly never thought [these] words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013. It’s possible, but I don’t know.
He added that he found the Trump briefing to be “really weird,” prompting this from Oliver:
Yeah, James Comey thought that conversation was “really weird.” And I will remind you that this is a man who has seen Anthony Weiner’s emails.
The Comey interview, Oliver said, came at the end of perhaps the most chaotic week of Trump’s administration—a week that began with the FBI raid on Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.
Oliver noted that Cohen had apparently been the “fixer” for more than just Trump when it came to Playboy models and relationships with adult film stars. A Republican Party official that has since resigned, was caught having Cohen pay off a Playboy model whom the RNC’s deputy finance chairman, Elliot Broidy, impregnated after an affair.
CNN’s Gloria Borger reported that the Cohen raid left Trump “pissed, flailing, and upset,” and filled with anger “beyond what anyone can imagine.” Oliver noted,
That’s really saying something, given that Trump’s anger level is permanently somewhere between a child who accidentally ate a pound of cocaine throwing a tantrum in a Kmart, and Alec Baldwin after being told the other party is finishing dessert and the table is going to be another 10 to 15 minutes.
Oliver noted some other big happenings this week: Paul Ryan announced his retirement; Trump pardoned Scooter Libby; and it was revealed that the National Enquirer paid off Trump’s former doorman, who alleged that Trump fathered a secret lovechild in the 1980s with a housekeeper, and took a lie detector test to prove his veracity.
“Oh, and on Friday night, we bombed Syria,” Oliver said, nothing that there is some question whether or not Trump had the Constitutional authority to do so:
Look, there are those who would argue that something had to be done in response to Assad’s suspected chemical attack, but there are legitimate debates of whether Trump had the authorization to order these strikes, and whether this risks drawing us into a longer-term conflict for which we have no clear strategy. But don’t worry on that front, because Trump has already declared, “Mission Accomplished!”
This was Trump’s original declaration:
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
The world mocked Trump mercilessly for using George W. Bush’s infamous phrase about the Iraq war. Even Bush’s former communications director, Ari Fleischer, tweeted his recommendation to not use those words:
Um…I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words. https://t.co/h5Fl7kjea6
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 14, 2018
In the face of all that mockery, Trump doubled down and tweeted,
The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term “Mission Accomplished.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
It does not fill you with confidence to have a president who announces, “I know I’m repeating one of the most notorious political blunders in recent history. I meant to do it, everyone should do it, and I’m going to do it again, forever!”
I’ve got to say, if Trump’s intention was to descend so far into self-parody that he somehow burrowed though the Earth’s crust and came out the other side, then mission fucking accomplished!
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