Last Week Tonight host John Oliver revealed on Sunday that his attempt to raise “seed money” for his perfectly legal mock mega-church exceeded his expectations, showing viewers boxes full of correspondence to go with the actual seed bags and cash donated to the campaign.
“We also received multiple checks, including this one for $65 billion dollars, which you might have sent in as a joke,” Oliver explained. “But guess what? We’re f*cking cashing it.”
Oliver said that the Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption church had received thousands of dollars since he unveiled the campaign last week while reporting on “prosperity gospel” preachers.
In one case, he said, a viewer sent in a $100 trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.
“I was actually genuinely excited about this and was about to send 100 trillion blessings your way,” Oliver said to the unidentified donor. “Until I checked the exchange rate and found out this is worth about 40 cents. So now, I wouldn’t even bless you if you f*cking sneeze.”
He also showed the audience actual seed bags that he received, stressing that the term “seed money” was strictly metaphorical for his purposes.
“The more money you send in, the more blessings will be returned to you,” he insisted. “And that is still something I’m — amazingly — legally allowed to say.”
As Newsweek reported, the success of Oliver’s original report has prompted scrutiny against the Internal Revenue Service for failing to monitor “prosperity gospel” churches more closely.
Watch Oliver’s commentary, as posted online, below.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."