“The point is that the elections are only two days away. And because of that, our show tonight is going to be a little different, ”John Oliver announced at the top of Sunday. Last week tonight.
The HBO host split his show into two main stories involving the chaotic and deadly Trump administration: the coronavirus and Attorney General William Barr. It started with the coronavirus, a disease that has claimed the lives of more than 230,000 Americans to date with little to no sign of slowing down.
While Trump has repeatedly claimed that he has done a “tremendous” job of dealing with the ongoing pandemic, the facts tell a much different story.
“In the years leading up to this outbreak, the Trump administration not only disbanded the Obama pandemic team, it also cut the activities of CDCs operating in China by more than two-thirds and ended a program of ‘early warning for a pandemic,’ said Oliver, citing Trump’s astonishing lack of preparedness. . “And even after the pandemic started, it took an awfully long time for Trump to take it seriously.”
Indeed, the first public reports of what was happening in Wuhan, China with the novel coronavirus arrived on December 31, 2019, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar failed to secure an interview. with Trump on this before January. 18 – during which he was regularly interrupted by Trump harassing him about when flavored vaping products would (really) be back on the market. Then Trump claimed that COVID-19 would go away naturally (he said it 39 times) even though on February 26 he was aware that the community was spreading in the United States More, it took forever to implement appropriate tests for the disease.
And although Trump bragged about banning all travel from China, he did so only after 45 other countries had already imposed travel restrictions on China, and its so-called “ban.” contained a number of loopholes that allowed at least 430,000 people to travel. China in the United States since the start of the pandemic. We also now know COVID-19 made it to New York City from Europe, but Trump took six more weeks to limit travel from Europe to the United States
If that wasn’t enough, there were extreme shortages of PPE across the country (although the administration was alerted early on of the need and often from various health officials), and Jared Kushner was tasked with of a supply chain working group to purchase more PPE. – but he ultimately named a handful of inexperienced twenty years into the team who accomplished next to nothing.
On February 7, 2020, Trump privately admitted to reporter Bob Woodward that COVID-19 was “deadlier than your, you know, even your tiring flu” (this was recorded on tape), then weeks later he took said it was “like the flu.”
“Trump just lied,” Oliver explained, adding that he has also “consistently undermined his own administration’s advice” regarding COVID-19, including when he advised against wearing a mask (“C ‘ is voluntary… I don’t think I’m ‘I’m going to do it’, he says).
“If Biden is elected, he won’t magically end this pandemic, but he will at least take it seriously,” Oliver argued.
“For what it’s worth, several of our staff were sick earlier this year and it was heartbreaking to be constantly concerned about their health,” he continued. “Sick and dying people cannot see their families, and cases are now reaching record levels across the country. This virus has taken so much from us: our peace of mind, our routines, and nearly a quarter of a million Americans. And it is frankly pathetic that in response the only things Trump has offered people in this country in the past eight months are damaging lies.
There is also the issue of Attorney General William Barr, whom Oliver called “dangerous”, “bossy” and an “asshole” who once allegedly covered up a scandal involving George HW Bush providing military technology to Saddam. Hussein, called the COVID -19 lockdowns “the biggest intrusion on civil liberties” since slavery (gills), and who argued that the only checks on the president should be election or impeachment, which has gave Trump extraordinary corrupting power. Barr served as Trump’s personal lawyer / consiglier during his tenure – evacuating protesters outside the White House for Trump’s biblical photo; suggesting that the demonstrators be accused of “sedition”, which can lead to a sentence of 20 years in prison; designating New York, Portland and Seattle as “anarchist” jurisdictions; and defend Trump in a defamation case involving one of Trump’s many rape accusers, E. Jean Carroll.
At the end of the show, Oliver launched a personal plea.
“Look, I don’t need to tell you how important Tuesday is. If you haven’t voted yet, please do. I did. I voted in my first presidential election this morning, ”he admitted. “For what it’s worth, it was inspiring, unexpectedly moving, and I got this free sticker, so it’s just not nothing. Thanks so much for watching this show, and we’ll see you again next week, how much I really hope we all feel a little better.
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