For John Oliver, the current barrage of scandals engulfing the Trump administration isn’t “Kremlingate” or “Trump/Russia.” Harkening back to a simpler time, he calls it “Stupid Watergate” — a national trauma with all the potential implications of the events that brought down Richard Nixon, “but where everyone is stupid and bad at everything.”
As Oliver points out, “The last seven days have been insane. They may have broken Anderson Cooper” — as demonstrated in that viral clip that recorded the CNN anchor admonishing White House mouthpiece Jeffrey Lord, “You’d defend [Trump] if he took a dump on his desk.”
In this segment, Oliver tries to answer some fundamental questions, such as “What The Fuck Is Going On? How Big a Deal Is This? Where Do We Go From Here? Is This Real Life?” Along the way, he takes funny swipes at Trump, Pence, Flynn, and the rest of Trump’s entourage — especially Jared Kushner, dubbed “the least interesting person in the world” and compared to “a white-bread sandwich with another slice of white bread in the middle.”
But Oliver isn’t a sunny optimist. He’s not at all sure Trump won’t get away with…well, whatever he did.