On cue, John Oliver went after Trump and Billy Bush over that tape
It’s no surprise that a presidential frontrunner who gets caught praising rape culture on tape might become a media target. Donald Trump got raked over the coals on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight when John Oliver went after Trump and Billy Bush for the recording of their 2005 conversation about how much they enjoyed committing sexual assault.
In the conversation, which was recently leaked to The Washington Post, Trump extolled the advantages his celebrity gave him when it came to groping and forcing his sexual attentions on women. After Bush pointed out actress Arianne Zucker as looking “hot as shit, in the purple,” in earshot of the actress, Trump said: “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” He has since issued a weak-ass apology dismissing it as “locker-room banter,” which is, to put it delicately, absolute bullshit.
Of course, Oliver wasn’t taking that. On Last Week Tonight, he slammed Trump and Bush’s exchange for bringing us to a new nadir of humanity. “We have sunk so low, we are breaking through the Earth’s crust, where drowning in boiling magma will come as sweet sweet relief,” he told viewers.
Before really going in on Trump, Oliver pointed out Bush’s complicity in the incident, playing a clip where Bush asks Zucker for “a little hug for the Bushy” — a phrase that, Oliver said, “if it’s not already, should be a felony offense in all 50 states.” Then the show moved on to Trump’s non-apology, which started with the Hoobastank-esque statement, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not.”
As for Trump’s claim that he’s “never pretended to be someone I’m not,” Oliver pointed out how the very next words out of his mouth refuted this, in one of the many dazzling feats of self-contradiction we’ve come to expect from the man himself.
Oliver went on to shut down former campaign manager and CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski’s attempt to shift blame away from Trump’s sexual assault “banter” by painting Hillary Clinton as guilty of equally dangerous utterances. Lewandowski said, “We don’t have any understanding [of what] Hillary Clinton has said in those meetings with Wall Street where she was paid for those speeches. She’s never released the transcripts. For all we know, the same things are being said in that regard.”
That wasn’t going to fly on Oliver’s watch. “No. No. Actually, the same things are not being said in that regard,” he responded. He went on to note that “while there was some compromising stuff” in the supposed WikiLeaks transcripts of Clinton’s speeches (now exposed as fakes), she never advocated sexually assaulting anyone.
This is where we’re at now, folks. Maybe Oliver had it right at the start of this segment, where he suggested that we’re all dead and this presidential election is our punishment in Hell. It would certainly make more sense than anything that’s actually going on.