John Oliver set the tone of Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” with the first words out of his mouth: “Donald Trump isn’t going to be president anymore.”
The late-night host chronicled the worldwide celebrations of Joe Biden’s electoral victory, the false claims of a rigged election by Trump and his surrogates, and even dug into one last bit of “grifting and lying” the president is pursuing before leaving office.
Oliver showed videos from around the world of people singing, dancing, and profanely taunting Trump in the streets.
The host described the large and lengthy celebration in New York, in particular, as a “reverse 9/11,” referencing how Trump previously claimed that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the terrorist attacks in the streets and on rooftops.
“There was a mood here that can only be described as a reverse 9/11,” Oliver said. “Why? Because it combined complete euphoria, an abiding disgust for Rudy Giuliani, and this time, people actually were dancing on the rooftops in New Jersey.”
It was a really good day. Never forget,” Oliver continued. “It is genuinely hard to overstate the level of relief that has been flying around parts of this country, especially at the end of a truly draining week.”
Oliver had a bit of fun with the Trump campaign’s scattershot (and unfounded) claims of election fraud as well. Highlights included Eric Trump tweeting a video purporting to show burned ballots in Virginia that had already been debunked a day earlier, or Trump tweeting that election observers were not allowed into counting rooms when his lawyers had already sworn under oath that it wasn’t true.
The whole mess of misinformation was encapsulated by videos of Trump supporters in Michigan chanting “stop the count” and supporters in Arizona chanting “count the votes” within hours of each other.
Oliver enjoyed a bit of schadenfreude as he chronicled the Trump’s campaign’s increasingly desperate email fundraising efforts to supporters to help pay for its lawsuits, before pointing out one sneaky bit of fine print that offers an explanation as to why Trump and Co. are incentivized to push the emails so heavily.
“Quick side note about those solicitations,” Oliver said. “In the fine print, it mentions that rather than funding lawsuits, half of any contribution will be used to retire debt from Trump’s re-election campaign. Which is both completely unsurprising and also not even the worst thing he’s ever asked his supporters to do.”
Oliver ended the show by saying that Trump would almost certainly continue “grifting and lying” when he left office, but thankfully, his impact would be greatly minimized.
“The fact is: Trump lost this election. He lost. All that bull**** that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing work did not work this time,” Oliver said. “And it’s not like Trump and his family are going to stop. They’re going to carry on grifting and lying like they’ve always done. But once he’s out of the White House, it’s just not going to have the same effect anymore. It’s not going to directly impact every American’s life. And that alone is f****** fantastic.”
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