John Oliver devoted the whole of last night’s Last Week Tonight to discussing the results of the presidential election. Oliver gained a large following for mocking and denouncing Donald Trump and now that Trump is president-elect, Oliver offered advice on how to deal with it.
While Oliver accepted that many people are happy with Trump’s victory, he said that just over half the country is not. “We are faced with the same question as a guy who woke up after a Vegas bachelor party deep in the desert, naked, tied to a cactus and a dead clown. Namely, how the fuck did we get here and what the fuck do we do now?”
Oliver noted that many in the media were calling on Trump’s opponents to give him a chance to govern but Oliver wasn’t so sure about that impulse. “The thing is, optimism is nice if you can swing it,” Oliver said. “But you’ve got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump. And he is not normal. He’s abnormal. He’s a human ‘what is wrong with this picture?'”
“Giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he’s proposed, is dangerous,” Oliver said.