John Oliver says that Donald Trump's election as president caps off an "an uncommonly s----- year"

By Lindsay Kimble
November 14, 2016 02:00 PM

There’s still seven weeks left in 2016, but John Oliver is “calling it early:” this year has been the “worst.”

Reflecting on the recent election, the Last Week Tonight host dedicated the show’s season finale to railing against President-elect Donald Trump and doing a postmortem on the year.

“Instead of showing our daughters that they could some day be president, America proved that no grandpa is too racist to become leader of the free world,” Oliver – who has spent the last year outspokenly slamming Trump – lamented during the 30-minute episode, before telling viewers, “We have to take all of Trump’s promises seriously.”

He later added, “If we don’t get actively involved to at least mitigate Trump’s damage, things will not be okay. And yes, the sun will rise each day but the continuing rotation of the earth should not be your baseline expectation of American society.”

Oliver said that things might “start feeling normal” as Trump prepares to take office next year, but that people must keep reminding themselves that “this is not normal.”

“A Klan-backed misogynist Internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address and that is not normal,” Oliver told his audience. “It is f—– up.”

The British comedian offered ways that people can make a difference, urging them to “support actual journalism” and donate to organizations like Planned Parenthood.

“So we’re gonna have to actively stand up for one another,” said Oliver. “I’m talking about actual sacrifice to support people who are actually under threat.”

Near the end of the segment, Oliver admitted, “It’s been an uncommonly s—– year.”

Reflecting on the deaths of numerous celebrities — including, most recently, Leonard Cohen — as well as the “ongoing crisis in Syria to Zika to Ryan Lochte being a d—–,” Oliver said, “we’re all desperately looking forward to 2020.”

With help from celebrities like Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Weird Al Yankovic, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Billy Eichner and Jeffrey Tambor, Oliver bid farewell to 2016 with some profanity.

Summed up Mullally, “Hey 2016, go punch yourself in the d—.”