“Try your best to tune out and not pass on misinformation in the coming weeks from sources like, sadly, the president,” Oliver said. “And instead pay attention to trustworthy information from the CDC, experts like [NIAID Director] Anthony Fauci, and of course TikTok hamsters. Always, TikTok hamsters.”
Oliver was referring to this little hamster, which he said managed to convey better information in 12 seconds than Trump has in weeks:
Oliver spent much of the show calling out Trump as well as his administration’s slow and confusing response to the outbreak. But he also urged viewers to forget all about the president for just a moment because there was a bigger issue to focus on.
“Don’t worry,” Oliver said. “There is going to be ample time to be utterly furious with him later. But the fact is, even though this should not be the case, it seems we’re going to be a little bit on our own here.”
Oliver then tore into some of Trump’s favorite sources ― including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh ― for spreading misinformation and offered up some good advice of his own:
Oliver described Sunday night’s episode as “weird” as he had to tape it with no audience and in a makeshift studio because cases of the infection had been discovered in the building where he normally records his show. He also said it would be the last episode for some time: Like most other late shows, “Last Week Tonight” will remain on hiatus until the outbreak is under control.
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