“I honestly know that the prospect of talking about Trump yet again feels exhausting,” Oliver said, but “Trump’s presidency is like one of his handshakes: it pulls you in whether you like it or not.”
Oliver pointed out that with Trump, “the real damage isn’t in how he says things, but from three key techniques that he uses to insulate himself from criticism and consequence.” Those three techniques are delegitimizing the media, “whataboutism” (distracting from controversy by saying “what about” something unrelated), and trolling.
“Despite Trump’s few real policy accomplishments to date, he has consistently achieved one thing, and that is making his enemies unhappy,” Oliver remarked. “And for many Trump supporters, that itself counts as a major victory.”
“Even if you believe that Democrats are guilty of a double standard, the solution is not to have no standard whatsoever,” Oliver said. “That is why it’s so important to train ourselves to identify these three techniques, because their natural endpoint is the erosion of our ability to decide what’s important, have an honest debate, and hold one another accountable.”