Comedian John Oliver returned to “Last Week Tonight” after a two-week vacation, just in time to digest the Republican National Convention, which he said was the most apocalyptic thing to happen to Cleveland — “and bear in mind, their river has repeatedly caught fire.”
After an epic takedown of Donald Drumpf, earlier this year, he took his attacks to a whole new level, calling the convention “a four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over facts.”
Many Trump supporters joined together in promoting Trump’s business practices, claiming he’s a visionary who gets things done like some version of Bob the Builder on steroids. There’s only one problem with that narrative: His convention was a “mismanaged sh*tshow.” Whether it’s Melania Trump lifting Michelle Obama’s speech, to Ted Cruz being booed off the stage, to the fact that Trump even knew Cruz wasn’t endorsing him and didn’t care.
Oliver pointed to a tweet from Trump that admitted he saw Cruz’s speech and didn’t care about it. “But that’s not reassuring,” he continued. “If the captain of the Titanic had tweeted after the fact, ‘I saw that iceberg two hours before we sailed into it anyway. No big deal!’ You wouldn’t think, ‘Wow, that captain sure ran a tight ship!'”
He even brought up a postmortem analysis after the last presidential election, where the GOP admitted that they have some problems. Namely, the GOP concluded that minorities believe that the GOP doesn’t like them or want them in the country and that the GOP must emphasize the importance of a welcoming message for minorities. “Unfortunately, that report, and it’s carefully considered suggestions, has been overshadowed by a different report Oliver titled: Literally Everything Donald Trump Has Said and Done.”
The one moment that summarized the whole convention best came from Antonio Sabato Jr., who gave his speech before turning to ABC News to say about President Barack Obama, “First of all, I don’t believe the guy is a Christian. I don’t believe he follows the guy that I love, the Jesus that I love.” He admitted that those things aren’t based on facts but instead “feelings.” He feels those things are true, even though they’re not.
“Now, what’s revealing there isn’t the mistake in believing President Obama is a Muslim, it’s also not a big shock that Antonio Sabato Jr. … is still both alive and an idiot,” Oliver mocked. “No, what is truly revealing is his implication of believing something to be true is the same as it being true. Because, if anything, that was the theme of the Republican National Convention this week.”
After playing clips of Trump’s hour-long speech, Oliver said it was like Trump was about to announce the first ever real Hunger Games. The facts are that crime rates have fallen since Obama took office, the flow of undocumented immigrants over our borders has declined and claims for unemployment are down. “And yet frighteningly, when reporters start pointing that out, it didn’t seem to matter.”
Oliver showed an interview with Newt Gingrich, where he completely disregarding any independent fact checks on Trump’s claims about the crime rate as a perfect example. He concludes that his facts, which are inaccurate, are facts just like the CNN reporter citing the FBI’s actual facts. “It’s only a fact that that’s a feeling people have,” Oliver said, fact checking Gingrich.
“Liberals have a whole set of statistics, which theoretically may be right, but it’s not where human beings are,” Gingrich asserted.
Oliver couldn’t take it. “It is worth taking just a moment to seriously consider what Gingrich is really saying there, because think about it, I think we can all agree that candidates can create feelings in people. What Gingrich is saying is that feelings are as valid as facts. So, then by the transitive property, candidates can create facts.” Here’s a helpful diagram to explain it:
He called it terrifying because someone like Trump can ultimately create his own reality. For example, Trump apparently offered John Kasich the opportunity to basically be president if he took the VP slot. When Kasich’s people asked Trump’s people what Trump would be in charge of, they explained he’d be focused on “making America great again.” That’s not an actual job, however. “But I guess it feels like one and it seems like that’s all that f*cking matters.
In the end, it all makes sense if you look at a special music video Trump did for the first season of “The Apprentice,” where he called himself a dictator, declaring there is no judge nor jury. “Unless we’re careful, by this time next year, that could be America’s new national anthem,” Oliver closed.
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.