John Oliver took a deep dive Sunday into the possibility of starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Ultimately, the HBO host came out in favor.
On his way there, Oliver updated Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s recent reference to “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which came out when she was schooling Americans on how impeachment doesn’t necessarily mean no Trump.
“Nancy Pelosi knows there’s simply no better way to connect with the average working Joe than by referencing a Broadway musical from 1960,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said. “Also, if this situation were to be a musical, it wouldn’t be ‘Bye, Bye Birdie,’ it would obviously be ‘Grease,’ where, a rape-y guy with weird hair treats women like s— and yet somehow gets everything he ever wanted.”
Like Pelosi, Oliver knows that impeachment does not mean the president — especially this president — leaves office. Unlike Pelosi, Oliver doesn’t believe that fact makes the whole thing not worth exploring, however.
“It might be helpful to stop thinking of this in purely binary terms: ‘If the president goes, well that’s a success, if he stays, it’s a failure.’ Basically, it’s Nixon, or it’s Clinton. That’s a false choice,” Oliver said.
“It’s like saying you can only be Hufflepuff or Slytherin,” he continued, referencing the “Harry Potter” books and movies. “Excuse me, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw are right there — and in my case, Snarglebargle. That’s the fifth Hogwarts house that’s exclusively for cowards.”
“Every a–hole succeeds until finally they don’t,” Oliver reminded us all.
There, the “Daily Show” alum name-dropped Richard Nixon, Harvey Weinstein, and “f—ing monster” James Holzhauer — yes, the “Jeopardy” hero. One of these things is not like the others.
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