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‘We have to take all of Trump’s promises seriously,’ Oliver says

Warning: The following video contains expletives.

John Oliver had more time than most TV hosts to digest the news of Tuesday’s election before talking about it. But that doesn’t mean his tone was any more muted.

In a show that was fully dedicated to the election of Donald Trump, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday skewered the president-elect, from his promised policies to his retweeting of untrue statistics during the campaign season.

“It has been wave after wave of nausea all week,” said Oliver, an outspoken Trump critic. “Donald Trump will be president, and respecting democracy means accepting that.”

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Oliver noted that there were, of course, many Americans who were happy to see the real estate mogul in office.

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“For the rest of us, we are faced with the same questions as a guy that woke up the day after a Vegas bachelor party, deep in the desert, naked, tied to a cactus and a dead clown. Namely, how the [expletive] did we get here, and what the [expletive] do we do now?”

Oliver also likened Trump’s promised policies — from repealing and replacing Obama’s legacy health care policy to building a wall along the US-Mexico border — to “the to-do list on Satan’s refrigerator, which of course Satan no longer needs since hell has frozen over.”

The late-night host said that while some have argued Trump didn’t mean all he said on the campaign trail, “that leaves us with two devastating options: We either elected a president who didn’t mean a single word he said, or we elected one who did, and it’s important to know which one.”

Oliver even offered criticism to those who have asked Americans to give Trump a chance to actually take the office before rushing to judgment.

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“Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you’ve got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and he is not normal, he is abnormal. He’s a human. What is wrong with this picture? He sticks out like a sore thumb, and frankly, he even looks like a sore thumb.

Oliver also said that giving Trump a chance to enact his policies “is dangerous.”

“We have to take all of Trump’s promises seriously.”

Oliver also attacked the proliferation of false media reports on such social media sites as Facebook and Twitter, showing a 2015 clip of Trump defending to Bill O’Reilly the candidate’s tweeting out a wrong statistic about white people killed by African-Americans.

“That’s totally wrong,” O’Reilly then said.

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“Hey Bill, am I going to check every statistic?” Trump retorted.

“You’ve gotta. You’re a presidential contender, you’ve gotta check it,” O’Reilly responded.

“You know what, fine, but this came out of radio shows and everything else,” Trump had said.

After showing the clip, Oliver took a moment to collect himself, and then addressed the confrontation.

“‘I got it from radio’ is maybe the weirdest nonsense explanation I’ve ever heard. It’s like if someone said, ‘This sandwich tastes weird,’ and you said, ‘But I found it in a hole,’ ” Oliver said.

Oliver, who normally ends his season finales with wacky mascots, finished his third season on a more sober note: A short montage of people, including many celebrities, who all agreed 2016 was quite simply the worst.

And the last message Oliver had for viewers as his show came to a close?

“Let’s all try harder next year.”