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John Oliver compares Stephen Miller to a minion, calls him ‘revolting’





John Oliver is definitely not a fan of Stephen Miller, the policy advisor to President Trump who recently got into an argument on national TV with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

First, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday pointed out that Miller resembled a minion, the bumbling yellow cartoon characters from the “Despicable Me” movie series who served as the lead characters’, well, minions.

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“With Miller, it is genuinely hard to find a photo of him not looking like a minion,” Oliver said, comparing a variety of Miller’s expressions to those of the cartoons — to his audience’s delight.

Oliver then recapped the bickering between Miller and Acosta, in which Miller said the famous inscription on the statue was “not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty” after Acosta quoted the poem in a question.

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“Just because it wasn’t part of the original does not mean it is worthless. Some of the best things ever made were changed partway through,” Oliver said. “Did you know, for instance, there was a time when the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movies didn’t have The Rock [actor Dwayne Johnson] in them? it’s true, and they sucked, and that’s why they added the [expletive] Rock,” Oliver exclaimed to cheers and applause.


Oliver also pointed to reports that the White House is considering giving Miller an elevated communications role — perhaps even communications director, the job recently vacated by Anthony Scaramucci — before showing a clip of Miller running for student government at Santa Monica High School.

In the clip, which surfaced in the media earlier this year, Miller asked his classmates, “Am I the only one who is sick and tired of being told to pick up my trash when we have plenty of janitors who are paid to do it for us?”

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The video clip elicited loud groans from Oliver’s audience.

“Wow,” Oliver said. “He is truly one of the most truly revolting humans . . . I have ever seen. In a way, there is no more fitting spokesman for the Trump administration than an entitled, elitist [expletive] who refuses to take responsibility for the messes he makes, and who can somehow manage to pick a fight with a [expletive] statue.”

Oliver also razzed New Hampshire a bit during Sunday’s episode, pointing to Trump’s recently leaked comments to Mexico’s president in which he said, “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”

“I am not going to sit here and defend the state of New Hampshire — I haven’t lost some terrible dare,” Oliver said.

A better way to degrade the New England state, according to Oliver?

“Just point out its nothing more than 9,000 square miles of granite and Lyme disease, and that it is the only state so boring, it can genuinely make you say, ‘Oh thank God, we’re in Maine now,’” Oliver joked.

Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.


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