Donald Trump was the rotten cherry on top of the worst year in recent memory. So, it was fitting that John Oliver used the season finale of his show “Last Week Tonight” to not only take down the president-elect but to literally blow up a year most of us would like to forget.
“Even though this year still has seven weeks to go, I’m calling it early: 2016 has been the fucking worst,” Oliver declared.
Yes, of course, Trump is the climax of that devastation but this year started off with a tragedy, as we suddenly lost musical icon David Bowie. And along the way, a seemingly endless string of other icons were brought down too early, including fellow musician Prince.
When it came to Trump, Oliver tried to bring a little humor into the horror show.
“It’s like we’re on a plane and we just found out our pilot is a wombat. I don’t like this, I don’t understand how this happened and I’m pretty sure we’re headed for disaster but what the hell come on battie, prove me wrong!”
Funny, right? Not so fast.
“See, we’re laughing here, we’re having fun,” Oliver said. “And then you remember that Donald Trump is going to be in charge of the military.”
But if there’s one silver lining, Oliver then lists a number of non-profit organizations he suggests viewers donate to in order to help them keep President Trump and the Republicans in check. Plus, there’s this little bonus incentive:
“If you have relatives who supported Trump, you can give money in their name. So, holiday shopping this year? Done.”
However, lest we allow ourselves to “normalize” his election, Oliver ended his show with one final reminder to viewers:
“Keep reminding yourself: This is not normal. Because a Klan-backed, misogynist Internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address—and that is not normal.”
And then he closed out the episode, and this unforgettable season of his show, by literally blowing up a giant 2016 sign.