John Oliver returned to form Sunday night for his first episode of Last Week Tonight since Donald Trump took office. A lot has happened in just the first three weeks of Trump’s presidency, so Oliver had a lot to catch up on at the beginning of the show. But he chose to dedicate his main story to something against which Trump has launched his greatest attacks: Reality.
Oliver promised to try to answer the following four questions. One: How did we get a pathological liar in the White House? Two: Where are his lies coming from? Three: Why do so many people believe him? Four: What can we possibly do about it?
As John pointed out, Trump has a long history of lying. And while falsehoods about the size of his buildings were mostly harmless, his lies about Obama’s birth certificate, the murder rate in America, and the amount of refugees entering the states, among others, are dangerous.
“We were so accustomed to his nonsense, we could just shrug it off as ‘Donald being Donald.'” But now he is president, and these false beliefs are becoming American domestic and foreign policy. Watch the episode to see Oliver run down the danger behind Trump’s alternative reality.