Trump’s rhetoric – including his controversial stances on immigration, the military, and more – is well documented, and Oliver joked that it sounded like “reading the to-do list on Satan’s refrigerator. Which of course Satan no longer needs now that hell has frozen over.”What the fuck do we do now
“Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single thing he said, or we elected one who did. And it’s impossible to know which one,”
Oliver explained how despite some strong work from the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN in covering Trump’s campaign, most Americans consume their news inside an echo chamber – one that isn’t afraid to promote false stories. Oliver cited a recent BuzzFeed News story which found 38 percent of posts on three major right-wing Facebook pages included some form of fiction or misinterpretation, while 19 percent on liberal pages were also guilty of trafficking in fabrication.
“Weird conspiracy bullsh– has always been bubbling under the surface,” Oliver said. “But Trump was the first major candidate to harness and fully legitimize it. And It’s obvious in hindsight: He came along and told millions of people every crazy email you’ve ever forwarded was true. And that, at least in part, is why he will be our next president.”
As for Oliver’s other query: “What the f— do we do now?” The host had some suggestions. “We need to stay here and fight,” he said. “For the last eight years, we’ve had a president we could assume would generally stand up for the rights of all Americans. But that is going to change now. So we’re going to have to actively stand up for one another. And it can’t just be sounding off on the internet or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble. I’m talking about actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat.”