On Sunday night, John Oliver spent most of his show talking about coal, or as he calls it “cocaine for Thomas the Tank Engine.”
The Last Week Tonight host ridiculed then-candidate Donald Trump for his digging skills (or lack thereof) and this promise he made during the campaign.
“And for those miners, get ready because you’re going to be working your asses off!”
He took aim at EPA administrator Scott Pruitt over his claim that within the past year 50,000 coal mining jobs were added and almost 7,000 of them were from last month alone. Oliver called those numbers “bullsh-t!” because according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the increase in coal jobs since the end of last year was 1,300.
Oliver then ripped Sean Hannity for an appearance he made at a pro-coal mining rally in 2009 where he hit on a “hot chick” in the audience by asking her if she wanted to “meet [him] later” backstage.
“What the f–k was that?” he reacted. “In the course of his speech, he referenced God, quoted Reagan, and engaged in sexual harassment. That man really is Fox News.”
Oliver went after numerous coal mining CEOs, but kept most of his focus on Robert E. Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation and a friend of President Trump, who actually sent Oliver a cease and desist letter earlier in the week when his show tried to reach out to him before airing this segment.
Murray, who Oliver believes looks like a “Geriatric Dr. Evil,” apparently sues media outlets frequently like The New York Times, a contributor to The Huffington Post, to two local papers in Ohio.
Oliver decided to neither “cease nor desist” from talking about Murray…by slamming him for nearly ten minutes straight.
His monologue came in full circle when Murray was asked back in 2016 if coal jobs could come back in a Trump presidency, to which the CEO responded, “I don’t think those jobs can come back, but we can stop the destruction” and added that Trump “gets it.”
“No, he doesn’t,” Oliver retorted, “because he repeatedly told coal miners that they’re going to be working their asses off.”
“Trump needs to stop lying to coal miners, we all do,” he concluded. “An honest conversation about coal and its miners needs to be had and we should neither cease nor desist from having it. ”
Watch the whole episode above, via HBO (the coal segment starts about six minutes in).
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