Taking a break from Trump-bashing, HBO host John Oliver found bigger fish to fry Sunday: China.
In an 18-minute segment on “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver filets the communist nation for its treatment of Tibet, home of the exiled Dalai Lama.
Oliver traveled to the Himalayan region of India to interview the man he called a cross between a pope and a president — a “popesident.”
The 14th Dalai Lama said: “I told [China] our brains usually have the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hardliners… that part of their brain is missing.”
Oliver called the 81-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader his “demon friend” — which led to a hearty laugh from the Dalai Lama.
Serious isseues were addressed as well — such as the nearly 150 Tibetans who have set themselves afire as protest of Chinese rule and human rights violations.
The leader said this “difficult situation” made him feel great sadness.
“In the meantime, if I say [the immolation] is wrong, then their family will feel very sad, [because they’ll think] their family member did something against the Dalai Lama’s wish,” he said. “I don’t want to create that. But then, certainly, I cannot support that… from a Buddhist viewpoint… killing is not good… the best thing is to remain silent.”