Full disclosure: Oliver, an ex-pat Brit, adamantly opposes Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Like many of his countrymen, including ex-Prime Minster David Cameron, he never actually thought Brits would vote to leave the Union, made up of 28 member countries, representing 508 million people.
But on June 23, mad dogs and Englishmen of all stripes went out in the mid-day sun to vote. When the ballots were counted, the tally was 52 percent leave to 48 percent stay.
More than 17.4 million people voted for it, although probably half didn’t know what they were voting for.
That’s because Leave proponents waged a cynical campaign. They promised that an EU exit would free 320 million pounds a week for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).
As Hitler’s propaganda minister once said, the bigger the lie, the easier for people to believe it. And that one was a whopper.
After the vote, Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, acknowledged the claim was false.
By then, however, the deed was done. Oliver, and 16.1 million Brits who voted to remain, were left seething.
John Oliver called “leave” proponents “oafs and liars.” He also had choice words for Cameron, in his words, a “pig fu*ker.”
The reference was to Cameron’s college days. He reportedly put his penis in the mouth of a severed boar’s head as part of a hazing rite to join an Oxford University club. (He denies it)
“Cameron proposed the “‘in or out’ vote himself, which he normally only does when he’s deciding whether to f*** a pig’s mouth,” Oliver snarled.
He also called Leave-proponent Boris Johnson “a shaved orangutan with Owen Wilson’s hair.”
Cameron, an EU supporter, promptly resigned after the vote. Oliver likened that to “catching an ice-cream cone out of the air because a child was hit by a car. I mean, I’ll eat it – but it’s tainted somehow,” he said.
Wait it gets worse… much worse.
“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power. Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does there are no fu*king do-overs.”
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