John Oliver Mocks Plans to Arm Teachers as ‘Trump in A Nutshell’: A ‘Clearly Terrible Idea


“That is Donald Trump in a nutshell: proposing a terrible idea in a tone-deaf way, then refusing to acknowledge he just lost the popular vote,” Oliver said.Trump has pushed his plan to arm teachers over the past several days as a response to outcries for action following the Parkland, Florida shooting that took the lives of 17 people. While speaking at the right-wing gathering CPAC last week, Trump proposed the idea of “well-trained, gun-adept teachers and coaches” with “concealed” weapons in schools.



“I mean, I don’t want to have a hundred guards with rifles standing all over the school. You do a concealed carry permit,” Trump said. “This would be a major deterrent, because these people are inherently cowards.”


Oliver responded this plan with mockery and bewilderment, saying:

“Trump’s support for this clearly terrible idea seemed to develop over the week. He actually focus-grouped it on Wednesday during a listening session featuring survivors of the shooting—a session, incidentally, for which his own notes included a reminder to say ‘I hear you,’ which is what you might write down if you were a robot pretending to be a person pretending to be a robot pretending to be a person.”



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