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John Oliver calls Trump the ‘Grand Wizard of civil discourse’ — and mocks the absurdity of the GOP demanding civility

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President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have decided to go all-in on a message attacking Democrats for being an “angry mob.” Odd, since Trump has actually offered to pay the legal fees of his supporters if they punch progressives.

In his Sunday segment, John Oliver pointed out the “Devils Triangle” of a week from the previous week and noted he hoped it would get better. Sadly, it didn’t. A climate study revealed we really only have two good decades left. Then one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. struck the southeast. Finally, Trump went on a bizarre rant about Neil Armstrong put an American flag on the moon without needing to kneel.

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“He’s the man that planted the flag – think of that – on the face of the moon,” Trump told a rally audience. “There was no kneeling, there was no nothing, there was no games, boom.”

“How are you tying the NFL protest to Neil Armstrong?” Oliver quipped. “You’re right, there was no kneeling, but also no one was playing the National Anthem, there was no football game scheduled in the Sea of Tranquility that day. Oh, one more thing, no black astronauts had recently been shot by moon cops. So, really, none of the essential ingredients had come together at that time.”

But when it came to his comments about the accusations by Trump and the Republican Party, Oliver couldn’t help but note the hypocrisy.

Oliver showed the ad by Ron DeSantis (R-FL) showing his children how to be pro-Trump that avoided being negative and instead highlighting himself and his own obsession with the president.

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Oliver called the idea of reading The Art of the Deal to an infant “borderline child abuse.” However, he celebrated the Republican’s ability to highlight that “the president’s slogans are fairytales for infant children and somehow mean it in a good way.”

After former Attorney General Eric Holder called for a metaphorical “kick” at Republicans “going low,” Trump responded by saying it was “disgusting.”

“Just the day after Trump said that, the candidate for Pennsylvania governor said this,” Oliver said, before showing a new ad from Scott Wagner saying he wanted to “stomp” on the face of the governor while wearing golf cleats.

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“Jesus Christ!” Oliver exclaimed. “How can you be anti-negative ad when your entire ad sounds like someone getting into a fight in a garage?”

His favorite ad, however, comes from the anti-Ted Cruz groups mocking the Texas Senator.

Watch Oliver’s take on it below:

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