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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.

 

Senatory Lindsey Graham with President Trump

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In a worst-case scenario for Republicans — and a best-case scenario for Democrats — the GOP would not only lose the White House in November, but also, would lose the U.S. Senate and watch Democrats expand their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Journalists Olivia Beavers and Juliegrace Brufke, in an article for The Hill, discuss the possibility of a major blue wave in November and the fears that Republican activists are expressing behind closed doors.

Some Republicans are privately expressing what Beavers and Brufke describe as a "growing sense of doom." A GOP source, presumably interviewed on condition of anonymity, told The Hill, "If the election were today, we would lose the House, the Senate and the White House."

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