Our domestic political fiascos are so plentiful that it’s easy to forget that the rest of the world really hates Donald Trump, too. So on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver guided us through international reactions to Trump, and judging by the innumerable local impersonators wearing hideous blonde wigs and doing silly dance routines, the global community isn’t down with the MAGA agenda.
It’s an international demonstration of unity so complete as to be almost heartwarming—from citizens of Kenya and El Salvador who rightfully resent their countries being called shitholes, to Angela Merkel declaring that the times when Europe could rely on the US are “over,” people around the world are coming together in hatred of our president. But thankfully, Oliver finishes the show with a plug for the rest of the nation:
As an immigrant who has fallen in love with this country, for what it’s worth, please allow me to speak to the rest of the world in America’s defense for a moment because Donald Trump does not reflect America. I mean, to be completely honest, he does reflect it a bit. But the point is, America is not one, thing, it’s a beautiful mess of contradictions where good and bad are mixed together. On one hand, it made Mountain Dew, which tastes like a honeydew melon was fucked by a radioactive clown. On the other hand, it also made this awesome bed shaped like the Batmobile… that’s the American dream right there!
He ended the episode with the most stirring moment of American patriotism we’re likely to see during the Trump era, a song Oliver proposes as our new national anthem: Smash Mouth’s awful classic “All Star,” as performed by the amazingly talented New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. “Sometimes what’s great and terrible about us is just impossible to separate,” says Oliver. “The point is Trump is the worst of us, yes, but he’s not all of us.”