Watch: John Oliver and children’s choir demand ‘a**hole’ lawmakers kick out Florida and make DC a state
On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver made the case for D.C. statehood, hammering the “quite strange” Constitutional quirkiness that denies residents there the right to vote and control their own destiny and proposed– with the help of a delightful children’s choir — to make room for them by booting Florida from the union.
While the mostly African-American residents who live in D.C. pay federal taxes, they have no representation in Congress save for Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), described by Oliver as being like Dora the Explorer possessing only magical “pretend powers.”
Noting that any laws the mostly liberal district enact for themselves can be overridden by conservative members of Congress — who have previously shot down needle exchange programs intended to suppress HIV rates, and legalizing marijuana laws — Oliver was joined by a children’s choir for a plea to the “a**hole” lawmakers.
A sampling of the lyrics below:
There 50 states in total
And we’ll sing their names with glee
But there’s one place that gets shafted
And It’s Washington D.C.
All the rest of us can choose a path
That we think is the best
But any choice that D.C. makes
Is easily suppressed.
‘Cause some a**hole with a rider
Who might live in Tennessee
Can destroy a needle program
For preventing HIV
Let them have gun laws!
Let them have weed!
Let them decide
The things that they need!
And if you’re totally convinced that there should be just 50 states
Well then let’s all kick out Florida
Because no one thinks they’re great.
Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight: