“Turns out instead of showing our daughters that they could some day be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world,” Oliver noted.
Among the things Oliver suggested we be horrified about:
- Donald Trump will soon have access to the nuclear codes.
- Our future president was supported by a Grand Wizard of the Klan and 60 million people voted for him despite that.
- “Oh s--t, the Supreme Court”
- He’s advocated bombing civilians, looting oil, waterboarding, and will be in charge of the miltary
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"Donald Trump will be president, and respecting democracy means accepting that," Oliver acknowledged, but said some journalists have been taking that sentiment “a little too far” queuing up clips of Don Lemon and others saying we need to give Trump a chance to govern because of his succeeds we all succeed.
“Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you've got to be careful, because it can feed into but can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and hes not normal,” Oliver warned. “He's abnormal. Hes a human 'What Is Wrong With This Picture…' So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he has proposed, is dangerous. Because some of them are alarming.
Oliver ticked off some of his campaign vows, calling it “the To Do list on Satan’s refrigerator.”
“Some argue he might not have meant all those things,” the late night host said. “That leaves us with two bad options: Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single word he said, or we elected one who did.”
"Problem is, it’s impossible to know which one is true," Oliver said, citing Trump’s "60 Minutes" interview that had run earlier same evening, in which he walked back several of his campaign promises that had played well with his supporters. Among them, his vow to kill Obamacare, and to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton with a view toward tossing her into the hoosegow.
“Don’t get complacent…He might change his mind on that again,” Oliver cautioned. “Trump is like a Magic 8 Ball; every time you shake him gives you a different answer.
Trump’s election begs the question how the media, which is “supposed to catch a serial liar, failed,” Oliver said.