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."
White supremacist gang member shot dead after ambushing police in California: report
Authorities in California on Thursday announced that one man was dead after a shootout with law enforcement.
"A white supremacist gang member was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement after he ambushed and shot a deputy pursuing him Thursday near the Templeton Cemetery, Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference," The Triubune reported Thursday.
"According to Parkinson, a sheriff’s deputy was driving in the Theatre Drive area around 10:20 a.m. when the deputy recognized the car of a wanted felon parked on the side of the road. The deputy made a U-turn and pulled up next to the vehicle, which was unoccupied. The deputy then proceeded north and found the man walking on Cemetery Road off Theatre Drive near the Templeton Cemetery, Parkinson said. He said the deputy tried to make a pedestrian traffic stop, but the man took off running toward the cemetery," the newspaper reported.
Fox News was forced to make a damning admission in a Tucker Carlson lawsuit
Fox News got to claim victory on Thursday after a new ruling in a lawsuit brought against the company came out in its favor, but the win arrived at a steep cost. To deflect an allegation of defamation, the network was forced to claim that one of its highest-profile personalities can't reasonably be expected to consistently provide accurate information to viewers.
Here's the background. Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, was paid for her silence about an affair she said she had with Donald Trump during the 2016 election by America Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, on the Republican campaign's behalf these details were exposed and confirmed in the case against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to participating in the illegal campaign finance scheme. The story became national news, so leading Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the case.
Eric Trump: My father will concede to Biden if he gets ‘blown out of the water’
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Eric Trump said during a campaign trip in Nevada that President Donald Trump will, in fact, concede to Joe Biden if he decisively loses the race.
“I think my father’s just saying listen, if he got blown out of the water, of course he’d concede,” said Eric Trump. “If he thought there was massive fraud, then he’d go and try and address that.”
This week, the president repeatedly refused outright to commit to honoring the peaceful transition of power — and suggested that he needs to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court ahead of the election to make it easier for him to contest mail-in ballots.