“It has been a genuinely extraordinary week for the White House,” said John Oliver at the top of Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight.

There’s been so much chaos this past week that the HBO host said they didn’t have time to even address the $750 Trump paid in income tax for two years (as revealed by The New York Times), Melania Trump “essentially saying ‘fuck Christmas’” (recordings dropped by former Melania aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff), and Trump refusing to condemn the Proud Boys during the first presidential debate, telling the far-right anti-masturbation hate group to “stand back, and stand by.”

All that fell by the wayside after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump both came down with the novel coronavirus—this after the president spent virtually the entire pandemic downplaying the extent of the virus, even though it’s claimed nearly 210,000 American lives.

“It was news that felt both shocking and utterly inevitable,” said Oliver, given that just three days earlier Trump had stood on the debate stage and, when asked whether he’d played down the efficacy of masks, mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for wearing them regularly, saying, “I don’t wear masks like [Biden]… he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

“What are you doing?! Biden wears a mask in situations where it’s dangerous not to,” said Oliver. “Look, obviously, the president having the coronavirus is a very big deal, and we’re recording this on Saturday, so who knows what’s happened over the last 24 hours. What I do know is that so far, the White House has handled this situation terribly. First, the news only came out after reporters discovered that one of Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, who traveled with him to the debate, had tested positive, prompting the obvious question of when the president had been exposed, and what he’d done about it.”

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