Sunday on his weekly HBO news recap show—Last Week Tonight—host John Oliver began the show with racists. Highlighting the greatest hits of the week in racism, Oliver covered everything from the poorly attended Unite the Right rally in Washington DC all the way to Laura Ingraham exposing herself on national television.
“We begin with racists,” Oliver stated, then alluded to all the incidents caught on camera of people calling the police to complain about Black people barbecuing in parks, swimming in pools, mowing lawns and using coupons.
[Racists] are the reason 911 now has to answer calls with: ‘Is this a real emergency, or is there just a black person nearby?”
Oliver followed with news of the Unite the Right rally saying, “As we tape this show, right now tonight, the ‘Unite the Right 2’ rally is winding down.”
A massive dozens of white nationalists apparently gathered in DC, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters calling them all assholes. And look, while that numerical discrepancy is heartening, let’s not get too reassured here.”
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“Because this week also brought a visceral reminder of the problems that we’re facing,” Oliver continued before showing the results of a CNN poll. When asked if President Donald Trump is racist, 49 percent of United States voters think he is a racist while 47 percent do not.
But Oliver’s complaint focused on the fact only 49 percent think Trump is a racist, not that the U.S. voters perceive their POTUS so poorly.
It is both shocking that it’s 49 percent and it’s equally shocking that it’s only 49 percent ’cause it’s not like he’s been hiding it. It’s been his brand for decades now. It’s like only 49 percent of people thinking Kermit is a frog.”
It’s in his name! Whether you like or hate that about him you have to admit he’s a f#&%ing frog!”
The HBO host continued on to his next example.
“Today’s [Unite the Right] demonstration,” Oliver said to introduce his remarks on Fox News host Laura Ingraham, “is just the culmination of a week in which America’s regular dog-whistle racism became uncomfortably loud.” Oliver then showed a clip from Ingraham Angle.
Oliver played a clip of Ingraham’s actual comments then made the following remarks about them.