John Oliver kicked off last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight reminding everyone how last week began…when Donald Trump addressed Congress with what appeared to be a “more disciplined tone.” He got rave reviews and for almost 24 hours, it seemed like the White House might finally be “getting on track.”
Of course we know that didn’t last. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had not revealed he’d met twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States while he was still a senator and advisor to Trump’s campaign.
“Yes, Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, the unfortunate result of Dobby the House Elf’s one-night stand with a Confederate flag, got in trouble this week for undisclosed meetings with Russia’s ambassador,” Oliver said.
Sessions is just one of several men working for Trump who met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. There is nothing inherently wrong there, Oliver reminded. But every time a Trump associate is asked about Russia, they respond as if they’re trying to hide something, with denials so unconvincing they set off unplugged polygraph machines in nearby closets, Oliver said.
“It is not clear what is really going on here yet. One possibility is that this all amounts to what I’m going to call Stupid Watergate: potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything. And the relevant questions isn’t so much ‘What did the president know and when did he know it?’ as it is, ‘Is the president physically capable of knowing things at all?’
On Saturday morning, Trump decided to tweet that he had “just found out that Obama had my wires tapped at Trump Tower” shortly before his victory.
It was one of a total four tweets on the subject, in one of which Trump misspelled “tap.”
“In 1992 Dan Quayle misspelled ‘potato’ and I became one of the most famous dumb moments in political history. “We are now at a point where the president is so busy hurling destabilizing conspiracy theories around we can’t even pause to enjoy the fact he misspelled the word ‘tap’.”
Trump’s evidence that Obama had committed the crime seems pretty thin, Oliver said. It’s unclear whether Trump got his information from a top-secret White House briefing or from a Breitbart post on Friday citing conspiracy loving talk show host Mark Levin.
Instead of presenting proof of the claim, the White House on Sunday morning urged Congress to look into the allegations. Which seems an odd, what with Trump having presented a statement of fact. One of his surrogates explained to ABC’s Sunday Beltway show This Week that she thinks Trump saw information that led him to believe this is a “real potential.”
Oliver, in turn explained, “This is how things are going to work now: the President once saw a banana with a bruise that looked like a picture in an article he read in a dream and that is why we are at f*cking war.”
“And, the sad things is, deep down we all knew this week would end this way,” he concluded.