John Oliver often tackles current events on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” but he prides himself on devoting his main segments to subjects that are off the beaten path — topics like infrastructure, dialysis and multilevel marketing that have significant impact but aren’t sexy enough to get the widespread news coverage they deserve. But even Oliver had to swerve this week in the wake of cascading Donald Trump scandals, leaks and revelations. “Tonight we’re going to do something a little bit different,” Oliver explained. “For one week and one week only, the show ‘Last Week Tonight’ is actually going to talk at some length about the last week, tonight. The last seven days have been absolutely insane.” Watch Oliver explain “Stupid Watergate” above.
The strange and overwhelming deluge of Trump scandals, most of them involving the investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia’s attempt to influence the election, is simply too big to ignore. So Oliver devoted his deep-dive segment to “a scandal with all the potential ramifications of Watergate, but where everyone involved is stupid and bad at everything.” Specifically, he set out to answer a few basic questions that most Americans have been wrestling with: “What the f*ck is going on? How big a deal is this? Where do we go from here? And is this real life?”
Find out the answers to those questions above. Spoiler alert: yes, this unfortunately is real life. And it is a pretty big deal since Oliver and the “Last Week Tonight” team actually scrapped their intended deep-dive this week on the Transportation Security Administration. At the end of the episode he ran through what would have been a 20-minute segment in about three minutes, though hopefully the show will revisit this topic in the future, because when Americans are being fondled by airport security during the mass evacuation from Trumpistan, we deserve to have the charts and graphs to understand why.
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