John Oliver skewered the state of Alabama and its governor, Robert Bentley (R), on Monday’s “Last Week Tonight” in the midst of accusations that Bentley had an affair with his top aide.
A group of legislators in the state House have started the motions to impeach Bentley, but the governor has said he won’t step down. Bentley’s chief adviser, Rebekah Mason, announced her resignation after a state official fired by Bentley came forward with what he said was evidence that the governor and Mason engaged in a long-rumored affair.
Oliver played a clip of a recording purporting to show Bentley speaking to his aide and saying that he wanted to put his hands on her. The HBO host joked that it sounded like a eighth-grader sharing the experience in a locker room.
“We did sex, ya’ll!” Oliver imagined the eighth-grader saying.
Oliver also said he was sending a fruit basket to Wanda, whose desk Bentley and his aide considered moving to avoid anyone overhearing their interactions.
Oliver noted that the process of impeaching Bentley showed “just how bad things currently are in Alabama politics,” considering the articles of impeachment would be presented by state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who faces 23 felony charges. Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who won back his seat after being removed from office because he refused to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building, would then preside over the trial.
“The speaker of the House who is currently facing felony charges will present the articles of impeachment to the governor, accused of a sex scandal, and the whole thing will be presided over by the chief justice who was once removed from office for ethics violations,” Oliver said. “This is either a grave insult to the state of Alabama or the most Alabama thing that state has ever done.”
Watch the segment below: