John Oliver Demands Americans Fight Against Normalizing Donald Trump

“He’s abnormal. He’s a human ‘What Is Wrong With This Picture?'”


As Americans continue to reel in the shocking reality that Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States, John Oliver dedicated the season finale of Last Week Tonight on Sunday to unpacking the election results and providing some guidance on how people can fight against some of the president-elect’s most alarming policies moving forward. The HBO host specifically warned viewers to resist the impulse to normalize the former reality star and “Klan-backed misogynist internet troll.”

“It is going to be easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” Oliver said. “So keep reminding yourself, this is not normal.” He then repeated a number of shocking campaign proposals Trump pledged to fulfill once in office, including the dismantling of Obamacare, the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, and much more.

“He’s abnormal. He’s a human ‘What Is Wrong With This Picture?'” Oliver added. “So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he has proposed, is dangerous.”

Oliver also leveled some harsh criticism at the media for enabling Trump’s candidacy and implored Americans to combat the wave of fake news that helped the former reality television star get elected.

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