“It has been a truly extraordinary week for the White House,” John Oliver said at the top of the Sunday evening. Last week tonight.
There was so much chaos last week that the HBO host said he didn’t even have time to tackle the $ 750 Trump paid in income tax for two years (like l ‘found The New York Times), Melania Trump “essentially saying ‘fuck Christmas'” (tapes dropped by Melania’s former assistant Stephanie Winston Wolkoff), and Trump refusing to condemn the Proud Boys in the first presidential debate, telling the far-right hate group anti-masturbation to ‘take a step back and get ready.
Everything that has fallen by the wayside after President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both caught the novel coronavirus – this after the President spent virtually the entire pandemic downplaying the extent of the virus, even if it claimed the lives of nearly 210,000 Americans.
“It was news that seemed both shocking and utterly inevitable,” said Oliver, given that three days earlier Trump had stood on the stage of the debate and, when asked s ‘he had minimized the effectiveness of the masks, mocked former Vice President Joe Biden. to wear them regularly, saying, “I don’t wear masks like [Biden]… He shows up with the biggest mask I have ever seen.
“What are you doing ?! Biden wears a mask in situations where it’s dangerous not to,” Oliver said. “Listen, obviously the president with the coronavirus is a really big deal, and we’re recording this on Saturday, so who knows what happened in the last 24 hours. What I do know is that so far the White House has handled this situation terribly. First, the news was only released after reporters discovered that one of Trump’s closest associates, Hope Hicks, who had traveled with him to the debate, had tested positive, which raised the question. obvious when the chair was exposed and what he had done. about that.”
Then the late night comic broke down how, given that Hicks tested positive early Thursday, Trump again traveled across state lines to attend an expensive behind-the-scenes fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey. And, since Oliver recorded on Saturday, he was unaware that Trump’s personal doctor had blurted out how Trump tested positive on Wednesday – meaning Trump has potentially attended a number of others. events after learning he had COVID-19, including a rally for 3,000 people at Duluth International Airport in Minnesota, where he again Biden mocked for wearing a mask.
“So many decisions Trump and his entourage have made this week seem absolutely appalling in hindsight, from his family refusing to wear masks during Tuesday’s debate, to the failure to notify anyone on Biden’s team that they may have been exposed, to the fact that the fundraiser he attended just before the positive test was a fucking buffetOliver explained, adding, “But maybe the event that looks the worst took place last weekend. “
Oliver was referring to the Rose Garden ceremony announcing Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s choice to replace late liberal pioneer icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Barrett is an anti-reproductive choice, anti-LGBT rights and opposes the Affordable Care Act. People are pointing to the ceremony as a potential big-ticket event given that the eventful, mask-less, hug-filled evening saw a number of attendees come up with COVID-19, including Trump, Melania, Hicks, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and Notre Dame President Reverend John I. Jenkins. (Attorney General William Barr, who claims to have tested negative, is going into quarantine “for now.”)
Many on the left have pointed out how ironic it is that a potential coronavirus super-spread event was staged to celebrate Barrett, which could very well help bring down the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic.
“Just like the large number of horrific Supreme Court judgments over the next few decades, it looks like we can look back at last Saturday’s event at the White House and say, ‘It all started there,'” said Oliver. “And there is something quite infuriating about them kissing when many in this country have not seen their families for months or have died alone in hospital. And it’s not just that they put themselves in danger. More importantly, they are at risk of infecting others. The problem with a highly contagious virus is that your carelessness can end up killing someone you never meet. And they are again I do it.”
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