Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Family Separation
November 4, 2018 11:44 PM - Season 5, Episode 28 - Subscribe

This week....
  • 2018 Midterms, which has been exceptional in negativity. California Congressman Duncan Hunter accused opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a terrorist trying to infiltrate Congress; Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has been notorious for associating with white nationalists and got pissy when confronted about it before cameras, and lost the support of a number of corporate PACs; and in Nebraska's 1st district a sign promoting Jeff Fortenberry was defaced with googly eyes and changed to read Jeff Fartenberry, causing his Chief-of-Staff to accuse a local professor, who was unlucky enough to have "liked" a Facebook photo of the sign within his random notice, of supporting vandalism.
  • And Now: Out Annual Check-In With The Consequences Of Combining Local News Shows And Halloween
  • Main story: Immigration, "The system that brought you me, but it's still good, and I promise that won't happen again." Specifically, the Trump administration's family separation policy. It's faded from the news, but its consequences have not ended yet. Content warning: horrifying consequences of the enforced separation of children from their parents. YouTube
  • And Now: Halloween Part II: Just The Traffic And Weather

F.37: "30 Sock," ALEC BALDWIN

After a heartwrenching clip where a kid who had been kept away from his mother for a month by the US, crying and inconsolate, claimed his mother didn't really love him, Oliver tells us: "Yeah. We did that. And not because we had to, but because we chose to. And horrifically, we might be about to do it again. Trump has publically flirted with bringing back family separation, and Thomas Homan supported that idea during a recent interview with Fox and Friends, or as it's known in the business, 'A Face-to-Face Meeting With The President.'" "Family separation is perhaps the the most emblematic moment of (Trump's) Presidency so far: it was cruel, needless, sloppy, racist, and ultimately, exactly what we should have expected.
posted by JHarris (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is this week's Last Week Tonight. That, that was last week's Last Week Tonight. (Next week will be next week's Last Week Tonight, natch.)
posted by JHarris at 11:45 PM on November 4, 2018

John was fucking angry tonight!!
posted by Pendragon at 10:37 AM on November 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

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