John Oliver Explains The Most Terrifying Part Of Trump And The RNC
Who needs facts when you have feelings?
BY | Jul 26, 2016 | Culture
Facts (noun): Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes them as "Something that truly exists or happens. Something that has actual existence. A true piece of information." Though, Republicans might argue that this Webster definition is just one 150-year-old dictionary's opinion.
As was the case last week during the Republican National Convention, which John Oliver described as "a four-day exercise in emphasising feelings over facts." The week brought appearances from such D-list celebrities as the President of the UFC (?), Chachi (??), and '90s soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (???). While the list of guests were a random assortment of people whose political opinions don't particularly matter, there was one noticeable theme throughout the week, as Oliver pointed out in Last Week Tonight's return from hiatus on Sunday: Feelings are more important than facts.
To emphasise his point, Oliver played a clip of a CNN interview with Newt Gingrich. In it, Gingrich refuses to believe FBI stats that crime is down across the country. Instead, he thinks the country is less safe, because he FEELS like we're less safe.
"This is a graph of violent crime," Oliver said, pointing to a graph that was clearly moving in the downward direction. "It's not a fucking Rorschach test. You can't infer anything you like from it."
"We can all agree that candidates can create feelings in people. And what Gingrich is saying is that feelings are as valid as facts," Oliver said. "So then, by the transitive property, candidates can create facts, which is terrifying, because that means someone like Donald Trump can essentially create his own reality."
As we saw during Trump's 75-minute FearFest2016 Speech, people will choose to believe anything that he tells them. When he says the country is less safe, when he says immigrants are going to hurt them, Trump is playing on feelings. It sounds like some sort of dystopian nightmare. And, as Oliver warns, that could be our future (he even played a clip of Donald Trump, who admires some of recent history's notorious tyrants, comparing himself to a dictator).
On a lighter note, Oliver provided a brief survey of politicians using artists' music without permission. To explain the situation, he invited Josh Groban, Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Dan Reynolds, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Michael Bolton to sing a song about politicians not using their songs. Maybe Trump will use this song at his next rally.
From: Esquire US.