HBO’s John Oliver defended CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday night, calling President Trump’s political adviser Stephen Miller “a revolting human” and “Vitamin D-deficient Minion” for criticizing the outspoken reporter for his question around the administration’s immigration policy last week.
“The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer,” Acosta said at a White House press briefing last week.
Miller responded by stating the poem wasn’t part of the original Statue of Liberty dedicated by the French in 1886.
ADVERTISEMENT“The [Emma Lazarus] poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually a part of the original Statue of Liberty,” Miller said.
After playing the exchange, Oliver argued the poem not being part of the original doesn’t diminish the message.
“Wait, though: Just because it wasn’t part of the original does not mean it is worthless. Some of the best things ever made were changed part way through,” said the “Last Week Tonight” host.
“Did you know, for instance, there was a time when Fast and Furious movies didn’t have The Rock in them? It’s true, and they sucked. That’s why they added the f—ing Rock,” he said.
Oliver also cautioned the president on naming Miller the next White House communications director, a post recently held briefly by financier Anthony Scaramucci before his resignation 10 days into his tenure after a profanity-laced outburst to a reporter regarding then-White House chief of staff Reince Preibus and current chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
“That would be a lot of responsibility for Stephen Miller, a man who is — and this may be the most shocking thing you learn tonight — 31 years old. He is 31 human years old,” Oliver said, noting that Miller is the same age as the Olsen twins.
“The point is, Miller is so young that there are actually videos on the internet of what he was like in high school, and … the video is actually of him campaigning for student government, and it gives you a sense of what we may all be in for if he does become the new Mooch,” Oliver added, referring to Scaramucci.
“He is truly one of the most revolting humans … I have ever seen,” Oliver concluded. “You know, in a way, there is no more fitting spokesman for the Trump administration than an entitled, elitist asshole who refuses to take responsibility for the messes he makes and who can somehow manage to pick a fight with a f—ing statue.”
HBO and CNN are both owned by parent company Time Warner.