Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Venezuela
May 17, 2018 10:59 PM - Season 5, Episode 11 - Subscribe

This week....
  • A Trump aide was heard to say something unkind about John McCain, regarding his dying of brain cancer, thus fulfilling everyone's dreaded expectations for the kind of people Donald Trump would employ in his office.
  • Scandals swirl around the Trump administration yet yet again again, as Michael Cohen comes under allegations for selling access to Trump.
  • And Now: Local News Gets Real About Mother's Day
  • Main Story: Venezuela. A piece reminiscent of the pre-Trump era, about the serious problems faced by a country that isn't the United States, about the trials currently suffered by Venezuela, which are less about socialism and more about epic levels of mismanagement. Its next elections are on May 20. Its former President was Hugo Chávez, an extremely popular leader who nationalized the oil industry and allowed his citizens to reap the rewards, although his government was notoriously corrupt. His successor, Nicolás Maduro, has not fared nearly as well. It's a long and very interesting piece, ending with Lin-Manuel Miranda in a bird suit pleading with Maduro to get his act together.
The main story is on LastWeekTonight's YouTube channel.

The Trump White House: "The only home in America where the next occupant will have to ask, 'What's the best way to get cum stains out of Abe Lincoln's ghost?'"
Michael Cohen: "An attourney so shitty, Trump said 'I need someone good, get me Rudy Guiliani on the phone.'"

F.37: "Hypocritus" ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN
posted by JHarris (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
ending with Lin-Manuel Miranda in a bird suit
Wilmer Valderrama, surely.
posted by lmfsilva at 8:38 AM on May 18, 2018 [7 favorites]

Maybe I got the name wrong? I have trouble recognizing people from faces unless I've had a lot of exposure to them.
posted by JHarris at 10:38 PM on May 18, 2018

Ah, I checked, I misheard the name. It is Wilmer Valderrama. My bad.
posted by JHarris at 10:39 PM on May 18, 2018

Lin-Manuel was on a few weeks ago, wasn't he? I think you might have mentally rolled that episode into this one.

I kinda have some thoughts on the McCain thing, but can't really explain it more than "nobody deserves dying because of fucking cancer and I'm not cheering for the reaper, but don't make him a political hero" or else I'd be going hard into politicsfilter rant.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:51 AM on May 19, 2018

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