‘Last Week Tonight’ debuts in Trump’s America, where it will fight for the existence of facts

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Sanity, thy name is John OliverLast Week Tonight began its fourth season on HBO on Sunday after a hiatus that began on Nov. 13, 2016 — a simpler, if still fraught time.

“Normally, we like to focus this part of the show on complex, depressing policy issues,” Oliver said after an opening segment about Trump’s presidency so far and how he can’t seem to shake people’s hands. Instead, Oliver focused on Donald Trump’s assault on the very concept of reality, and devoted the rest of his show to investigating how and why Trump lies so much — and what can be done to fix it.

“Trump was telling the truth about his solutions to the problems he was lying about, and he is now making real policy based on fake facts,” Oliver said. …

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