John Oliver dedicated Sunday's entire Last Week Tonight finale to Donald Trump's victory in last week's presidential election, and urged Americans to avoid "normalizing" the president-elect's words and actions.
While Oliver acknowledged that "respecting democracy" means accepting Trump as our next president, he added that the notion that people should give the former Celebrity Apprentice host a chance before making judgment "takes that a little too far."
"In the broadest sense, I get that impulse. Hope for the best in the face of very long odds," Oliver explained. "And the thing is, optimism is nice if you can swing it. But you've got to be careful because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump and he is not normal. ... So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking up immediately against policies that he's proposed, is dangerous, because some of them are alarming."
Oliver laid out a detailed plan as to what people opposed to Trump should do to fight back against these policies. And - spoiler alert - it's not move to Canada.
"Literally the only excuse to ever migrate to Canada is if you were born there originally, it was springtime, and you are a goose," Oliver said. "Instead, we're going to need to stay here and fight, and not just politically in four years when he's up for reelection, but constantly monitoring legislation as it moves through Congress, and f---ing voting when your legislators come up for reelection in two years. But that is still below the barest minimum of what is going to be needed."
"We're going to have to actively step up for one another, and it can't be just sounding off on the internet or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble," Oliver added. "I'm talking actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat."
Oliver named various organizations anti-Trump supporters should donate their time and money to, including Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Resources Defense Council, the International Refugee Assitance Project, the NAACP, the Trever Project, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Propublica, in addition to issuing a call to action for people to get paid subscriptions to press like the New York Times and the Washington Post.
"If we don't get actively involved to at least mitigate Trump's damage, things will not be OK," declared Oliver. "And yes, the sun will rise each day, but the continuing rotation of the earth should not be your baseline expectation of American society."
Oliver's comments came shortly after Trump named Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon as his top advisor. Bannon — who has close ties with the alt-right movement, which supports White Nationalism — has been quoted as making homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic remarks.
Oliver closed on this note: "I just need to ask you one more thing. It's going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions, so keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It note and stick it on your refrigerator, hire a sky writer once a month, tattoo it on your ass, because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address and that is not normal. That is f---ed up."