John Oliver Confirms Trump's Wiretapping Claims Are Wilder Than You Can Imagine
It's been quite a week for Donald Trump: he ended Tuesday evening with a presidential address to Congress that was both criticized and praised (depending on who you ask) and closed that same week by becoming embroiled in controversy yet again. In Sunday's installment of HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver said that the latest barrage of Trump scandals are so outrageous that they can only be called "Stupid Watergate."
What is Stupid Watergate, you might ask? Well, you see, it's like the infamous Watergate scandal of 1972 where President Richard Nixon attempted to cover up his involvement in a major political scandal, only, er...stupider.
After America learned that Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed in his Senate confirmation hearing to mention his meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States as an advisor to the Trump campaign, Trump defended Sessions' action and called the allegations a political witch hunt. Sessions claimed to not have discussed campaign matters with the Russian ambassador, instead meeting with him as a senator and member of the Armed Services Committee. Just days later, the president claimed in a tweet that President Obama wiretapped his phones during the election. Despite having no evidence of this, he is calling for an investigation by the Department of Justice.
"It's potential political scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything," Oliver said. "And the relevant questions isn’t so much ‘What did the president know and when did he know it?’ as it is, ‘Is the president physically capable of knowing things at all?’”
Ouch. Oliver went on to criticize the President for misspelling the word "tap" in his Twitter tirade against Obama.
“We are now at a point where the President is so busy destabilizing conspiracy theories around, we can’t even pause to enjoy the fact he misspelled the word 'tap,'" Oliver said.
You can watch the full clip from Sunday's segment below.
The great Stupid Watergate Obama wiretapping scandal couldn't have come at a worse time for Trump. Over a month into his presidency, it seems that Trump won't be able to make it a full week without being involved in — or imagining his own — political controversy or scandal.
Oliver described what this type of made-up scandal may look like in the future:
Only time will tell if this presidential controversy will go down in the history books. But you can definitely be sure it will dominate your Twitter feed tomorrow.
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