On Last Week Tonight Sunday, host John Oliver stepped out of his comfort zone and actually agreed with President Donald Trump. But what could Trump possibly have said to prompt such a departure from the norm?
At a press conference in 2018, Trump stressed the importance of paper ballots, saying, “One of the things we’re learning is that it’s always good — it’s old-fashioned, but it’s always good to have a paper backup system of voting. It’s called paper, not highly complex computers, paper.”
“Yeah, he’s right,” Oliver said. “That’s it. He’s just all the way, completely right. It is called paper. Paper is not a computer. It’s paper, and a lot of states are doing it.”
What spurred Oliver to stress the need for paper ballots are the aging and malfunctioning voting machines, some of which have actually switched votes, and many of those same types of machines will be used again in the 2020 presidential election.
“16 million Americans spread out across all these states [Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida] are set to be voting on machines that pretty much everyone agrees are deeply, deeply flawed,” Oliver said, “and if they malfunction, there could be no way of knowing. Which is absolutely terrifying.”
But even though Oliver agreed with Trump’s sentiment, of course, he couldn’t help but take a shot at the president.
Referring to what Trump said at that 2018 press conference, Oliver said, “I’m sure everything he said around those 16 seconds was some combination of wrong, racist and horny, but for a brief, glorious moment, he was just absolutely right and probably slightly horny.”
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