Just one week ago, John Oliver used his HBO series, “Last Week Tonight,” to sway U.K. voters into voting against the Brexit. Alas, on Sunday’s (June 26) episode, the host followed up on his previous segment with a ominous update. And somehow, things turned into an anti-Trump warning really quickly.
It’s a sad state of affairs when citizens have no idea what they are voting for but throughout the segment — featured above and below — it becomes evident that a large number of U.K. voters had no idea what it meant to leave the E.U. Many people went to Google the next morning to figure out exactly what the E.U. actually is.
Regardless, Oliver began the segment mapping out the repercussions of the decision: “Basically, it seems like whoever the next U.K. prime minister is going to be, whether it’s [former Mayor of London] Boris Johnson or a racist tea kettle, they are going to be in for a rough few years, because once they invoke what’s known as Article 50, they’ll have just two years to negotiate their withdrawal and future relationship with the E.U.”
Oliver continues, “On top of which, they’ll have to settle outstanding bills with the E.U., hammer out new trade bills with dozens of countries, sift through thousands of E.U. regulations and decide which ones to keep, and figure out how migration will work — and all the while, lives hang in the balance.”
Using one Portuguese woman as an example, he showed exactly how many lives across the country will be negatively effected. And while it’s uncertain where many will end up, U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and Johnson took advantage of the recent release of a “Independence Day” movie to quote the original film.
“First, Britain was already independent. In fact, it’s what many other countries celebrate their independence from,” Oliver says. “And second, the sequel to the movie they’re quoting actually opened this week and features the wholesale destruction of London – which is beginning to feel pretty fucking appropriate now.”
It didn’t take too long for Oliver to shift his attention to the GOP’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Appearing in Scotland for the opening of his newest golf course, Trump took the occasion to praise the Brexit vote on Twitter.
Pointing out the tonal similarities and the underlying theme of nativism between the U.K. leaders and Trump, Oliver issued a passionate warning: “He found a way to make this whole thing about himself. You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’ Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.”