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.
Trump says militia that sought to kidnap and kill Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer was ‘maybe a problem, maybe it wasn’t’
In a startling moment during his Michigan rally Tuesday, President Donald Trump implied that the militia that attempted to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was maybe or maybe not all that big of a problem.
“People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t," Trump told his rally.
It's a commonly used tactic by Trump to say things like "people say" or "some say" or raise hypotheticals so that it gives him the ability to say "I don't think that, people do." But he has never been able to cite the actual person that said that to him.
In this case, one would assume all political leaders would oppose kidnapping and killing a political leader regardless of the party to which he or she belongs. In Ohio they've opted for a gentler approach, merely trying to recall Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for his mask mandate.
Trump’s closing argument to women: ‘We’re getting your husbands back to work’
One week before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump made his closing argument to women at a campaign rally in Lansing, Michigan.
"I love women and I can't help it, they're the greatest," Trump said, four years after the Access Hollywood tape was released which showed him bragging about sexually assaulting strangers.
"I love them much more than the men," he added.
Trump also made an economic argument that sounded as dated as his talk about "suburban housewives."
"We're getting your husbands -- they want to get back to work, right? We're getting your husbands back to work," he argued.
Trump chants ‘COVID!’ ten times in a row after Obama slams him as ‘jealous’ of virus
President Donald Trump on Tuesday again complained about the amount of media coverage being given to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump made the remarks at a campaign event in Lansing, Michigan, where he reminded supporters that he had been infected by the virus.
"I would like to give me full credit," the president said of his recovery. "I don't want to give the drug any credit. I want to say, because I am a very young person that's in perfect physical shape, I took that virus and I woke up the next morning and I felt like Superman."
Trump then motioned to members of the media at the event.