John Oliver began Last Week Tonight Sunday with more on President Trump, "two words that still simply do not belong together, like 'baby pubes' or 'haunted horse.'" And, yes, that's still true even after Trump's well reviewed first address to Congress, in which he declared that "the time for trivial fights is behind us." It sounded promising, but you know exactly how long that lasted. Given the ongoing difficulties of the Trump administration, Oliver has come up with a new Republican slogan, and the GOP will definitely not like it.
The slogan was actually inspired by Trump's speech to Congress, or at least a very prominent politician's response to it. Oliver played video of Trump saying, "The time for small-thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us." Oliver then played the tape back and zoomed in on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in the background, who clearly is doing his very best to control a smirk immediately after Trump calls for and end to trivial fights. Every muscle in Ryan's face tries to keep it under control, but out comes a smile. And this is where Oliver's inspiration for the slogan came from:
Oliver went over all the things that happened during the week after Trump's relatively successful speech, noting that things looked pretty good at the beginning of the week. "For almost 24 hours, it seemed the White House might finally be getting on track," Oliver said. But then, of course, things went a different route.
The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact with the Russian ambassador during the election last year — a revelation that contradicts what Sessions said under oath in his confirmation hearings. Oliver summed it up, "Trump's attorney general, and the unfortunate result of Dobby the House Elf's one night stand with a Confederate flag, got in trouble."
Oliver then went over the Trump campaign's various contacts with Russia in 2016, and then tried to put the scandal into perspective. "This all amounts to what I'm going to call 'Stupid Watergate' — a potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate except everyone involved is really bad at everything," Oliver said.
But that was not the only scandal of the week. Trump created a self-inflicted wound when he accused former President Obama of tapping his telephones at Trump Tower — even though there's no proof. "The sad thing is deep down we probably all knew that this week would end this way," Oliver said, concluding the segment.
And Ryan's smirk is the proof. So good luck, GOP. Don't laugh, he's the president.
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