‘Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver Breaks Down Donald Trump’s Putin Fascination

Glenn Minnis - Author

Feb. 20 2017, Updated 7:12 a.m. ET

John Oliver is convinced he’s come to solve the riddle of President Trump’s fascination with Vladimir Putin.

In short, the Last Week Tonight host has deduced the newly elected Republican president dreams of becoming the exact, same man the longtime Russian president has transformed himself into.

More specifically, Oliver concluded during the latest airing of his HBO-aired show that Trump marvels at the way Putin has mastered the art of deflecting blame from himself and casting it on others, an ability that has greatly helped him survive all his country’s financial woes and other struggles with his popularity still relatively intact.

“He knows how to delegitimize our ability to claim a moral high ground,” added Oliver.

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Later, the host pronounced Trump “the propagandist to Putin’s dreams,” using instances of how the former has given rise to the latter’s claims of the U.S. electoral system being rigged by promoting that very same narrative throughout his campaign as an example.

Oliver also called attention to how Trump has often defended Putin in interviews here at home, including a recent Fox News interview where he deflected host Bill O’Reilly’s claim of “Putin’s a killer” by countering “what you think our country is so innocent?”

In time Oliver deduced, Trump and Putin now share so many connections and such an unbreakable bond it’s almost as if Russia is the country that gave us “potentially the 45th President of the United States.”


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