When John Oliver spoke with Anita Hill in July he left out her comment that she would probably not even have had a hearing if what happened to her happened again today. Instead, she said that she thought we were in a better place, nearly 30 years later. Her optimism was encouraging to the “Last Week Tonight” host, except when it came to the president and Fox News.
When addressing sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Oliver blasted the horrific way in which President Donald Trump both attacked her and alleged her parents didn’t love her all in one tweet.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!” the president tweeted.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
“So the president cast doubt on someone who said she was sexually assaulted while also implying that her parents didn’t love her,” the HBO host continued.
Oliver called it “one of the most sh*thead things I’ve seen from the standpoint of sh*theadedness.”
He noted that there are several reasons survivors don’t come forward about their assaults, including not being believed, being attacked in other ways and the humiliation often hefted on them. The characterization is remarkably similar to what is happening to Ford now.
However, that single tweet wasn’t as bad as what the president could say. One report explained that aides have had to work extra hard trying to keep Trump from tweeting about Ford and attacking her even further. Oliver compared it to seeing a raccoon chewing through the lid of a trash can as an example of “beastly impulses.”
Oliver went on to destroy a panel of Republican women interviewed by CNN, who tried to say that these incidents happened too long ago to be relevant. Another woman even asked what boy in high school didn’t do something like this.
“What the f*ck are you talking about?!” Oliver exclaimed. “That is a terrible thing for any high school girl to hear and an even worse thing for a high school boy to hear. Because she’s acting like assault is a natural consequence of puberty. ‘Oh, don’t worry if your voice cracks, you grow hair in weird places, and you start sexually attacking people. It’s all perfectly normal.'”
Watch the full takedown below:
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