Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver devoted the majority of Sunday’s broadcast to a devastating exposé of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws, cobbled together by anti-choice lawmakers. The so-called TRAP laws are used by conservatives to place absurd restrictions on women’s health clinics for the express purpose of keeping women from getting legal and safe abortions.
Oliver began the segment by pointing out that 19 percent of Americans polled on abortion feel it should not be available under any circumstances. He then suggested that any viewers who felt that way were “excused from watching” — before inviting them to return minutes before the show ended to see video of baby sloths lolling in a tub as a peace offering.
Pointing out “abortion cannot be theoretically legal, it has to be literally accessible,” Oliver shared a montage of clips of conservative state lawmakers all stating that their restrictive abortion laws were intended to ostensibly “protect women’s health.”
What followed was a comprehensive run-down on oppressive anti-choice laws that have left four states with a single clinic each offering abortions, absurd mandates requiring clinics to have 8-foot-wide corridors, and waiting periods that put the lives — and the livelihoods — of women at risk.
One doctor is shown explaining to his patients that state law mandates that he tell them abortion can cause breast cancer — before adding, “There is not a shred of scientific evidence to prove that,” and then stating that the state can’t keep him from telling them the truth.
In one brutal segment a health care worker recalled a patient who was stymied by so many onerous restrictions that she asked for instructions on how to self-induce an abortion using “what was in her kitchen cabinets.”
That story, a horrified Oliver said, showed anti-choice lawmakers had gone “too f*cking far.”
Wrapping up the segment, the host welcomed back the 19 percent anti-choice viewers with the promised tub of sloths, before exasperatedly blurting out, “What the f*ck is wrong with you?”
Watch the video below from Last Week Tonight:
‘Kiss Florida goodbye’: Voto Latino head warns Democrats of coming 2020 debacle
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," Voto Latino CEO María Teresa Kumar said Democrats should not count on taking Florida's 29 electoral votes in the upcoming 2020 presidential election if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the at the top of the ticket.
During a fairly contentious panel discussion on the viability of Sanders as a candidate due to self-identifying as a democratic socialist, Kumar claimed that would not play well Florida's Latino community.
"All I can think about when David [Corn] was unpacking it for us, we can all agree is you can kiss Florida goodbye," she explained. "I say that, Floridians -- Latinos that have fled socialism, they have fled and they are in Florida and they have sensibilities that are different from the rest of the Latino community."
CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’
During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.
Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."
‘Jesus was not a socialist!’ Fox News panel explodes over Jesus Christ’s political views
Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was "more of a socialist" than a capitalist.
During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is "antithetical to Christianity."
But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.
"We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?" Dawkins-Haigler explained. "You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison."