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John Oliver Rips Into Donald Trump For Calling Colin Kaepernick a ‘Son of a B*tch’

The president attacked the NFL over the weekend. Has he succeeded in alienating his entire base yet?

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It seems every day President Trump offers another gift to the late night satirists, which would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying. As terrifying slowly becomes the new normal, the only solution is to laugh. John Oliver looked like he was having a rip-roaring good time Sunday on “Last Week Tonight” as he took Trump to task over his contentious comments calling on NFL owners to fire players for kneeling during the national anthem.

At a rally in Alabama over the weekend, Trump told the cheering crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now’? Out. He’s fired!” Oliver pointed out that these comments came at a time when “Over three million American citizens in Puerto Rico are without power.”

To finish out the segment, Oliver flashed a photo of Trump hugging a flagpole, asking: “Putting aside the free speech implications there, how is kneeling in front of a flag more disrespectful to it than grinding it against your gnarled old boner?” You can count on Oliver to ask the hard-hitting questions.

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