The "Last Week Tonight" host cannot believe the lengths to which Trump and Kavanaugh supporters are willing to go to demonize his accuser and support their guy.
John Oliver filmed Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight" before the latest New Yorker expose spotlighted another woman -- this one from college -- alleging sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but he made his point eloquently even without this additional accuser.
The latest accuser in the Ronan Farrow (sharing a byline with Jane Mayer) report is a woman named Deborah Ramirez, who alleges Kavanaugh "exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away."
This new report certainly adds more gravity to the original allegations, which the GOP have tried to dismiss while also attacking the credibility of Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. She claims that when she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17, he pinned her down at a party and tried to strip off her clothes, covering her mouth when she tired to scream. Kavanaugh has denied both claims, asserting to The New Yorker that these "last-minute" allegations are "a smear, plain and simple."
Oliver was horrified by these "terrible allegations" and not at all impressed with Kavanaugh's letter from 65 other women from high school who said he'd never done anything improper toward them. "There is no person on earth who hasn't not assaulted 65 women," Oliver said. "Even people who have assaulted 65 women have also not assaulted at least as many."
He then took at look at the GOP and conservative supporters who have defended Kavanaugh in some of the most bizarre ways possible, like one woman in Florida who actually said, "We're talking about a 17 year-old boy in high school, with testosterone running high. Tell me what boy hasn't done this in high school."
"What the f--k are you talking about?" Oliver railed against the woman. "That is a terrible thing for any high school girl to hear, and perhaps even worse for high school boys to hear. She's acting like an assault is a natural consequence of puberty!"
The character assassination went straight to the top, too, with President Trump chiming in with a tweet questioning why Ford or her "loving parents" didn't file a report when it happened. Ford has said she did not tell her parents at the time due to embarrassment.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
"So the president cast doubt on someone who says she was sexually assaulted, while also sort of implying that her parents don't love her," Oliver said. And then mocking Trump's Hurrican Florene comments, he added, "To borrow a phrase, that's one of the most shit-headed things I've seen from the standpoint of shit-headedness."
Comparing all of this to the character assassination Anita Hill endured during Clarence Thomas' hearings, Oliver then worried about Ford's upcoming testimony, saying it would probably be a "sad litmus test for where we are as a society."
Of course, there's every possibility that this newest allegation will derail Kavanaugh's nomination process. Republicans seem determined to power through, but with two allegations now, how much damage could they do to their own ongoing political aspirations should they try and sweep both under the rug?