On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," HBO host John Oliver made every possible effort to get Americans to care about France's upcoming election with a twenty-minute rant about the "fate of Europe" resting on its outcome.
“One of the frustrating things about watching this unfold from America is this feels a little like déjà vu: a potentially destabilizing populist campaigning on anti-immigrant rhetoric who rages against the elites despite having a powerful father and inherited wealth,” insisted Oliver, making the case for how Marine Le Pen is France's Donald Trump.
“You in France love nothing more than acting like you are better than Britain and America. Well, now is your chance to prove that,” joked Oliver. “Because we made populist, nativist choices with Brexit and Trump, and to be honest, it’s not working out so great for us so far. And now you have a populist, nativist choice of your own, and just imagine how superior you could feel if you don’t make the same mistake that we did.”
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Oliver ended the segment with a direct appeal to voters in France, speaking French in a dimly lit bistro while smoke a cigarette, he tried to appeal to their historical propensity for enlightenment.
“Hello, France. I know a British man speaking on an American television show about the Republic of France is basically French kryptonite, but please listen: Britain and America fucked up. Don’t fuck up, too," joked Oliver.
"Marine Le Pen is, how do you say in French? A demagogic asshole. A monstrous, demagogic asshole. You’re better than this. This is your chance to live up to the French philosophy of the Enlightenment. To show the whole world that the French ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity go together, like Luke Skywalker and, of course, that weird bear."
“Help us, France. You’re our only hope.”