Donald Trump Puerto Rico Disaster Response 'Horribly Racist,' Says John Oliver on 'Last Week Tonight'

John Oliver branded President Donald Trump’s response to the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico “horribly racist” on Sunday’s episode of Emmy Award-winning Last Week Tonight.

After San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz craiticized the U.S. president for not doing enough to help the three million Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, Trump went on the offensive. At least 95 percent of the country remains without power.

On Twitter Friday, Trump hit back at Cruz and other Puerto Rican leaders “who are not able to get their workers to help.” He added that “they want everything done for them.”

An incredulous Oliver said Sunday night on his HBO show: “Really? Really? The primary obstacle to hurricane relief has been Puerto Rican laziness?”

“You have got to hand it to Trump. Anyone can say horribly racist things about Hispanic people on a golden escalator,” he added, “but it takes real balls to do it while their fellow citizens are dying.”

Oliver continued: “Trump is basically saying: ‘When hurricanes hit our people, they’re not hitting our best...they’re killing poors, they’re killing lazies and some, I assume, have said nice things about me.’”

The comedian said that it was a “week of embarrassments” for Trump, pointing to the resignation of U.S. health secretary Tom Price and the “failure” of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

Trump said the bill didn’t get enough votes in senate because one senator was in the hospital.

But, Oliver said, “This will not surprise you; there was no senator in the hospital.”

Trump was presumably referring to Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who was not hospitalized, but recovering at home from what his staff described as a “urological issue.”

“So the president’s lies essentially became so frustrating, the only way to shut them down was to publicly discuss the fact that something may be wrong with Thad Cochran’s dick,” Oliver continued.

The comedian added: “Think about what happened there—the president just repeatedly said something that was not true, that was wrong. We just caught him in a lie.”

“We got him!” Oliver joked as confetti poured into the studio and both a marching band and a squad of dancers crashed the stage in an impromptu impeachment celebration.

Er, too soon, John.

“He’s still president,” Oliver said sounding dejected as he put an end to the party. “We didn’t get him...sorry. I thought we got him.”

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