John Oliver is not happy with voters in his native United Kingdom – “a place,” he says, “whose very name, after this week’s events, is beginning to sound a bit sarcastic.”
Oliver is referring of course to Britain’s controversial vote to leave the European Union, a decision which the comedian completely eviscerated in the latest episode of his show, Last Week Tonight.
“First, Britain was already independent. In fact, it’s what many other countries celebrate their independence from,” Oliver said. “Second, the sequel to the movie [Independence Day] actually opened this week, and features the wholesale destruction of London, which is beginning to feel pretty f—ing appropriate right now.”
Oliver went on to skewer pro-Brexit campaigners Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, calling Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, the “three-time cover model for Punchable Face Magazine,” and Johnson “a shaved orangutan with Owen Wilson’s hair.”
Oliver also said he wasn’t as thrilled with Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation as he thought he’d be. “It’s like catching an ice cream cone out of the air, because a child was hit by a car,” he said. “I mean, I’ll eat it – but it’s tainted somehow.” Oliver added that viewers should have no sympathy for Cameron because “the whole vote was his idea in the first place.”
The comedian closed the segment by warning U.S. voters of the very real possibility of Donald Trump winning the White House.
“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,’ ” Oliver said. “Well, let Britain tell you it can happen. And when it does, there are no f—ing do-overs.”
Oliver wasn’t the only one picking apart the players on the Brexit stage. In a new campaign ad, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton unleashed a scathing – though far less colorful – critique of Trump’s response to the Brexit tumult.
“Every president is tested by world events, but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them,” a voiceover says as the ad cuts to a clip of Trump celebrating the Brexit vote at his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. “When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” Trump says.
The ad closes with a message to voters: “In a volatile world, the last thing we need is a volatile president.”