John Oliver: Even a ‘total idiot’ like Donald Trump knows we need to rebuild our infrastructure
On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver addressed America’s crumbling infrastructure, describing it as something politicians, labor, business, and “even a total idiot” like Donald Trump agree must be replaced
Oliver began by defining our infrastructure as “Our roads, bridges, dams, levees, airports, power grids — basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie.”
Taking up the case for dams, Oliver called them ” the most powerful device we have for holding back liquid, aside from the idea of using a porta-potty.”
He pointed out that many of the dams in the U.S. are in serious disrepair — with the average age of America’s 84,000 dams at 52 years old — with problems dating back to when they were first built.
“Much like most botox recipients and competitive cloggers,” Oliver explained. “The average dam is 52-years-old and has probably something deeply broken inside of it.”
With the American Society of Civil Engineers giving the government a D+ for infrastructure maintenance, Oliver called it “The same grade that a 10th grade teacher gives a nightmare kid so she doesn’t have to deal with him for another year.”
Oliver drew attention to America’s bridges which are falling apart, with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood saying of 70,000 bridges deemed structurally unsound, “I don’t want to say they’re unsafe, but they’re dangerous.”
He then shared a clip of real estate mogul and aspiring presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for replacing and repairing our infrastructure.
“Glossing over whatever the f*ck he was talking about rebuilding China,” Oliver stated. “That upside-down piece of candy corn in a wig made of used medical gauze is right. We do have to rebuild our infrastructure.”
Watch the video below, uploaded by HBO: