John Oliver has covered the president's myriad scandals for months, but even he was stunned Donald Jr. would tweet out evidence the Trump campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government last summer.
"We called this whole looming scandal—way back in March—we came up with this framing device for it: 'Stupid Watergate,'" Oliver told "Late Night" host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday. "The idea that it's something with all of the gravitas of Watergate, but where everyone involved is stupid and bad at everything."
"And unfortunately," he added. "It was supposed to be a self-contained joke. But current events are making it more and more relevant, which is not normally how jokes work."
"When Trump, Jr. tweeted his emails yesterday—without a gun to his head—the first one said, 'This is part of Russia, and it's government support for Donald Trump,' what was your immediate reaction?" Colbert asked his guest.
"Probably 'wow,'" Oliver admitted. "Followed by the idea [that] this is something, as long as we live in a world where something means anything. And I'm not sure we do any more."
Oliver noted that on its surface, the situation "seems serious," but so have countless other Trump revelations. Both hosts agreed a heavily partisan divide has become the new normal. But what Oliver found most amazing was Trump Jr.'s complete confidence no harm would come to him or his father.
"Saying this is nothing," Oliver mused, "I can't even fathom how his lawyer must've felt."
Trump accused of inciting violence against Adam Schiff with ‘not paid the price yet’ Twitter threat
A Sunday morning tweet by Donald Trump attacking Rep. Adam Schiff has drawn intense scrutiny on Twitter and elsewhere with many suggesting the president is inciting violence or some sort of retribution against the California Democrat whith the phrase Schiff "not paid the price yet."
According to the president, "“The Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before. In just two hours the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have seen their phony case absolutely shredded. Shifty is now exposed for illegally making up my phone call, & more!” before adding, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”
Fox News poll delivers devastating news to Trump on impeachment
According to a new Fox News poll released on Sunday morning, a clear majority of respondents -- beyond the margin of error -- believe Donald Trump should be convicted by the U.S. Senate for impeachable crimes and removed from office.
According to the poll, "On impeachment, by a 50-44 percent margin, voters think the Senate should vote to convict Trump and remove him from office. Most Democrats say remove (81 percent) and most Republicans disagree (84 percent). Among independents, more say Trump should be removed by a 19-point margin (53-34 percent)."
Trump has bigger 2020 re-election problems than impeachment: ‘A target-rich environment for Democrats’
With Donald Trump expected to be acquited by the GOP-majority Senate in an impeachment trial being manipulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democrats are setting their sights on the 2020 election where they feel the president is vulnerable on a host of other issues that can be piled on his House impeachment.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, democratic strategists who will be helping direct the 2020 campaign against Trump by the eventual Democratic nominee are licking their chops at the prospect of highlighting the president's poor stewardship of the country.