The impeachment movement was unable to amass the two-thirds senate majority needed to convict the president, who had already been impeached by the House of Representatives.
“In response, [Trump’s] attorney’s mounted a defence that could be charitably characterised as ‘incoherent’ with lowlights ranging from one attorney reminiscing about his childhood record collection to another subjecting the senate to an 11-minute video of Democrats simply using the word ‘fight’.”
The British-American comedian added: “It might have seemed they weren’t trying very hard but that might be because they didn’t really have to.”
He then showed a clip of an interview with Ted Cruz, in which the Republican senator suggested the impeachment trial was redundant, as more than two-thirds of the senate had already decided to acquit.
“The thing is, he was right,” said Oliver. “What a truly inspiring glimpse that is into the world’s foremost deliberative body. ‘I said to them, you’ve got to remember, the outcome’s predetermined, nothing means anything and this entire process is a complete charade.’
“The fact the Republicans were going to acquit the former president no matter what is a pretty depressing sign of just how deep Trumpism runs in their party.”
Last Week Tonight airs in the US on HBO.
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