John Oliver skewers Trump over ‘horribly racist’ Puerto Rico attacks

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President Trump spent his Saturday morning rage-tweeting about San Juan, Puerto Rico’s mayor Carmen Cruz after she pleaded for more aid after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tore into Trump for his comments calling Cruz ‘nasty’ and Puerto Ricans lazy.

Despite the tremendous devastation in Puerto Rico, Trump actually tried to claim it as a victory because the loss of life was low.

“How are you even trying to take a victory lap right now?” Oliver asked. “The only way he could have saved that statement is if he added, ‘And don’t forget, I just kind of ramble! I know nothing. I talk because silence sounds weird. Try and think of me as a parrot who’s memorized some human sounds: yabba-dabba doo, Jumanji, bye-bye!”

Oliver then reacted to Trump’s tweets in which he said the Puerto Ricans “want everything done for them.”

“Really? Really?! The primary obstacle to hurricane relief has been Puerto Rican laziness? You have got to hand it to Trump: anybody can say horribly racist things about Hispanic people on a golden escalator, but it takes real balls to do it while their fellow citizens are dying.”

“Trump is basically saying, ‘When hurricanes hit our people, they’re not hitting our best. They’re killing poors, they’re killing lazies, and some, I assume, have said nice things about me.’”

Oliver then tried to celebrate for catching Trump in a lie on the healthcare vote, but as usual, nothing will come of it. Better save that confetti.

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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