John Oliver Compares Trump’s Tax Cuts to America’s ‘End Credits’
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which increases military and defense spending, while cutting or completely eliminating crucial federal programs like the Environmental Protection Agency and Meals on Wheels.
Oliver began his bit by playing a Wolf Blitzer segment, were the CNN host scrolled through a list of departments that would be cut under Trump’s “skinny budget.” Oliver then compared the situation to the “end credits for America.”
“It’s so fitting that the list of budget cuts scroll by like the end credits for America,” Oliver joked. “Thanks for helping us out, Agriculture Department. Hope you find a gig with the next country that rises from our ashes.”
Even though some Republicans have called the budget cuts harsh, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney insists they’re necessary. So, Oliver took a look at the “highly scientific process” that Mulvaney used to put the budget together. Basically, the White House budget director watched Trump’s campaign speeches in order to get an idea of the president’s goals and then crunched the numbers.
“Basically, Mulvaney treated Trump’s past statements the way Trump treats women: randomly singling out a few of them and then reducing them down to numbers,” Oliver said.
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One of Trump’s reasons for an increase in nuclear spending is due to Russia’s “tippy top” nuclear capabilities. “Tippy top,” huh?” If you don’t think the Last Week Tonight host didn’t have a shtick for that statement, you’d be mistaken.
“Let’s trickle deckle some money bunnies into our boom boom budget,” Oliver translated the president’s statements. “We’re aiming for tippy top people because remember we’re talking about the most lethal weapons in the history of mankind, so if we can, tippy, tippy top.”
But even if Trump did talk publically about an increase in military spending and cutting the EPA on the campaign trail, it still doesn’t explain his proposed cut in rural social spending. This would hurt many of the people responsible for his election.
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“Trump’s rise was fueled by people in red states who were justifiably irritated that liberals sometimes refer to them as ‘flyover country,’” Oliver explained. “But this budget could literally turn some of them into flyover country because there would be no other option.”
Oliver ended his segment by using Trump’s own words against him by quoting an excerpt from his best-selling 1987 book, The Art of the Deal.
“You can’t con people, at least not for long,” the show’s signature narrator recited. “You can create excitement. You can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.”
“Oh, I think people are catching on,” Oliver said.
Trump co-wrote the book with Tony Schwartz, who during the 2016 presidential election, explained how he came to regret working on the part memoir, part business advice book.
“I put lipstick on a pig,” Schwartz told The New Yorker. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”
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