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John Oliver Says Giving Donald Trump 'A Chance' Could Be Dangerous

On the first episode of 'Last Week Tonight' after the election of Donald Trump, John Oliver urged Americans to avoid "normalizing" his presidency.

Oliver said while he respects the vote and accepts Trump as president-elect, he thinks giving Trump a "fresh start" and a chance "takes that a little too far."

"In the broadest sense, I get that impulse. Hope for the best in the face of very long odds," Oliver explained. "And the thing is, optimism is nice if you can swing it. But you've got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump and he is not normal."

"So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking up immediately against policies that he's proposed, is dangerous, because some of them are alarming."

Oliver said the answer wasn't moving to Canada but fight back against discriminatory policies.

"Literally the only excuse to ever migrate to Canada is if you were born there originally, it was springtime, and you are a goose," Oliver said. "Instead, we're going to need to stay here and fight, and not just politically in four years when he's up for reelection, but constantly monitoring legislation as it moves through Congress, and f---ing voting when your legislators come up for reelection in two years. But that is still below the barest minimum of what is going to be needed."

"We're going to have to actively step up for one another, and it can't be just sounding off on the internet or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble," Oliver continued. "I'm talking actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat."

"If we don't get actively involved to at least mitigate Trump's damage, things will not be OK," he said. "And yes, the sun will rise each day, but the continuing rotation of the earth should not be your baseline expectation of American society."

November 15, 2016 |

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