John Oliver nails Trump’s shaky grip on reality: ‘He is making real policy out of fake facts’
In his first episode of “Last Week Tonight” following a weeks-long hiatus, John Oliver blasted President Donald Trump, and the counterfactual world the former reality TV star seems to inhabit, in a segment called “Truth vs. Trump.”
“We have a president capable of standing in the rain, and saying it was a sunny day,” Oliver said.
As president, Oliver said, Trump seems to get most of his information from cable news or “frighteningly unreliable sources” such as Breitbart News — the right-wing website once helmed by his chief White House strategist — or Alex Jones’ InfoWars.
“He is making real policy out of fake facts,” Oliver said.
“In the 412 years since he became president,” Oliver said, many people have developed a crippling fear of what will come next in the news cycle.
“It has been so busy that it’s gotten to where the most terrifying sound is your phone buzzing with a news alert,” Oliver said. “I hate to say this, but I actually found myself at one point saying, ‘Oh, thank God. It’s just that Mary Tyler Moore is dead. Oh, that is a massive relief.'”
Trump, he said, recently held up a printout of a Breitbart News story to make a point, which Oliver likened to trying to make a phone call on a banana.
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