Several major Republicans — from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to Arizona Sen. John McCain — over the weekend tried to distance themselves from the disaster of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by pulling their endorsements, particularly after leaked audio showed Trump boasting about sexually assaulting attractive women.
But Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is simply not having it.
Trump "alone does not bear the burden of his conduct, because he alone did not make himself your party’s nominee," Oliver said to Republicans who’ve supported Trump. "All of you have consistently supported him through some absolutely heinous shit."
Oliver added, "In his very first campaign speech, he called Mexicans ‘rapists’ — and that was just the beginning. Because since then, he’s proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants; advocated for killing terrorists’ families, which is, by the way, a war crime; argued for waterboarding even if it doesn’t obtain information because — and I quote — ‘they deserve it anyway’; and just this week he stood by his claims that the Central Park Five were guilty despite the fact that DNA evidence has since exonerated them.
"And all of you still thought that he should be president. So the only way that you get to be shocked and outraged now is if you were cryogenically frozen until Friday afternoon, and that Access Hollywood tape was the first thing you saw upon being reanimated. Anything less than that, and this is on you too."
For Oliver, the key point is that Trump’s horrible remarks — that when you’re famous, you can grab women "by the pussy," unchecked — aren’t even particularly shocking for the Republican candidate. "If Jimmy Carter had been caught saying that stuff, sure, we would all be shocked," Oliver said. "But with Trump, it’s entirely in character."
"Perhaps we’ve always been heading to this historic moment," Oliver suggested. "The first female presidential nominee versus the human embodiment of every backward, condescending, Mad Men–esque boys’ club attitude that has ever existed, rolled into one giant, salivating, dick size–referencing, pussy-grabbing warthog in a red power tie."