On Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver chastised Donald Trump for his bigoted anti-trans bathroom order.
“Yes, it seems one-by-one Trump is delivering on his promise to make entire subsets of the American citizenry concerned about their safety and well-being again. This is gratuitous in so many ways. The [trans] guidelines had already been suspended last summer, and there’s a Supreme Court case that may settle many of these issues—on top of which, all the guidelines recommended was that students be called by their preferred name and pronoun, be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, and, regardless of gender, be allowed to wear a tux to prom or a dress in yearbook photos, which is a good rule.”
Oliver continued, “Anti-transgender rules like bathroom bills are almost always rooted in deep sexual fear-mongering: the idea that they would provide cover for predators to sneak into ladies’ locker rooms, despite the fact there is virtually no evidence of that happening,” stated Oliver.
Trump, of course, is a different story. “What there are reports of are of Trump himself barging in on women—and teenagers—who competed in his pageants while they changed. Something that, in characteristic style, he has both denied and been recorded on tape bragging about,” shared Oliver.
Oliver then played an audio clip of Trump’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show from April 11, 2005, where he boasted about the practice of walking in on women as they changed.
“I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere,” Trump told Stern. “And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible-looking women. And so, I sort of get away with things like that.”