John Oliver Advocates for Abolition of Filibuster, Trashes Republicans

Ryan Foley | September 9, 2019
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Last Week Tonight host John Oliver devoted much of his show Sunday night to advocating for an end to the filibuster; blaming it for the death of "meaningful legislation" including "the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill...the Paycheck Fairness Act...(and) the public option in Obamacare." Oliver's monologue was also loaded with insults at Republicans. After playing a video of Ted Cruz's speech filibuster of Obamacare that included a reading of Green Eggs and Ham, Oliver mocked his performance: "I do not like that man Ted Cruz, I do not like his far-right views, I do not like his stupid chin, I do not like his smarmy grin, I do not like him with a beard, I do not like him freshly sheared, I do not like Ted Cruz at all, that man Ted Cruz can suck my balls." Oliver also played a clip of Mitch McConnell saying "think of me as the grim reaper" before telling McConnell "you don't have to tell me to think of you as the grim reaper. It's like if Donald Trump said 'think of me as a bunch of trash bags from a Cracker Barrel dumpster brought to life by an ancient curse when a clown f***ed a car alarm.'"