Watch John Oliver Explain Why "It's Your Fault You're Not Rich" Is Bullshit

"Income inequality," says Oliver, " has become just another topic of conversation we prefer to avoid in America—like Japanese interment camps, or that time that we gave Roberto Benigni an Academy Award."

| Tue Jul. 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, host and comedian John Oliver ripped into American politicians' colossal mishandling of the US wealth gap, which continues to grow to ever more astronomical proportions. As Oliver points out, plenty of lawmakers insist the game isn't rigged against the poor—ahem, Marco Rubio—while others recognize the problem but are too afraid to be gung-ho on the issue because of, well, politics.

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