Searching for the Wisconsin 14

  • Aired:  03/07/11
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John Oliver bravely journeys into Illinois' savage, frozen territory to track down the missing 14 Democratic state senators from Wisconsin. (5:16)

MEANWHILE, WHAT ABOUT THE 14

DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATORS WHO

HAVE YET TO RETURN TO

WISCONSIN?

WHERE ARE THEY?

WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

JOHN OLIVER GOES DEEP INTO THE

HEART OF DARKNESS TO SMOKE OUT

THESE LAWLESS MEN AND WOMEN.

>> A NOTORIOUS, LAWLESS REGION

WHERE IT IS SAID THE WISCONSIN

14 HAVE SOUND SAFE HARBOR.

I BRAVELY JOURNEYED INTO THIS

SAVAGE, FROZEN TERRITORY TO

TRACK THEM DOWN.

IT WAS MILE AFTER MILE OF

UNFORGIVING TERRAIN, DEVOID OF

ANY SIGN OF HUMANITY AND

FILLED WITH NUMEROUS CHECK

POINTS MANNED BY LOCAL TRIBES.

>> OKAY.

EVERYONE BE COOL.

THE FIRST CHECK POINT.

>> FINE, THANKS.

CAN I COME THROUGH?

>> I'M SORRY.

WHAT WAS THAT?

>> I NEED TO GET THROUGH THE

NORTHERN TERRITORY FURTHER ON.

>> MAY I HELP YOU?

>> IF I ORDER IT, CAN I JUST

GO?

>> YES.

>> Reporter: AFTER 13 MORE

CHECK POINTS AND A BOUT OF

FOOD POISONING I MET WITH A

LOCAL PRO WESTERN TEA PARTIERER

DAVID HEAL WHO HAD BEEN

HUNTING THE 14.

HE EVEN MANAGED TO CAPTURE

THEM ON CAM CORA... COME RA.

>> WE WERE WALKING UP RIGHT

OVER HERE.

SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS I WAS

VIDEOTAPING WITH MY I-PHONE.

IT FELT GOOD THAT I WAS

CAPTURING THESE SENATORS ON

FILM.

>> SO YOU COULD BRING THEM TO

JUSTICE.

>> SO I COULD PUT IT ON MY

FACEBOOK PAGE.

>> SO WHY WOULD THEY HAVE

CHOSEN TO HIDE HERE?

>> IT'S RIGHT OFF I-90 AND 13

MILES FROM THE BORDER OF

WISCONSIN.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE THINKING

THEY CAME FOR THE TILTED KILT.

>> WHAT IS THAT?

>> KIND OF LIKE HOOTERS,

SCOTTISH TYPE HOOTERS I

SUPPOSE.

>> IT'S A SCOTTISH HOOTERS.

>> RIGHT.

>> YES, WOMEN HERE ARE FORCED

TO WEAR DEHUMANIZING 17th

CENTURY TRIBAL CLOTHING AND

DELIVER NACHOS FOR THE MEN

FOLK.

>> IT'S JUST SHOCKING HOW

WOMEN ARE TREATED IN THIS

REGION.

>> CLEARLY, WE NEEDED TO GO

FURTHER.

SO WE PRESSED ON DEEP INTO THE

INFAMOUS I-90 PASS.

WE BEGAN TO SEE LOCAL CHILDREN

UNACCUSTOMED TO MID-SIZED

SUDANS.

>> THIS IS SO INSPIRING.

AMERICA, HERE, AMERICAN CANDY.

AMERICAN CANDY.

HELP ME RADICALIZE.

I HAD ARRANGED A MEETING WITH

A NOTORIOUS FORMER WAR LORD,

APPARENTLY NO ONE KNEW THIS

REGION BETTER THAN HIM.

OH, BOY.

WOW!

HOW ARE YOU?

WELCOME TO ILLINOIS.

>> CAN YOU JUST WALK AROUND

HERE?

>> YEAH.

>> DO YOU KNOW WHERE THEY ARE?

>> I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY

ARE.

>> IF YOU HAD THAT INFORMATION,

YOU WOULD SELL IT TO ME?

>> I WOULD NOT.

>> BECAUSE THAT INFORMATION

WOULD BE (BEEP) GOLDEN.

>> THESE LAWMAKERS STANDING UP

FOR WORKING PEOPLE AND THE

FUNDAMENTALS RIGHTS OF WORKING

PEOPLE TO BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY

WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS, THAT'S

WHAT (BEEP) GOLDEN.

>> Reporter: AFTER THREE DAYS

SEARCHING THE TRAIL WAS COLD.

THEN SUDDENLY I GOT A CALL.

ONE OF THE INSURGENT LEADERS

WAS NOW WILLING TO MEET FACE

TO FACE WITH MY HARD POUNDING

I PREPARED TO MEET AMERICA'S

GREATEST THREAT.

THE MAN THEY CALL JOHN OF

URPANBACH.

>> LET ME CHECK THIS OUT.

>> I'M UNARMED.

I HAVE NO WEAPONS.

>> HI, HOW ARE YOU?

HAVE A SEAT.

HOW IS IT GOING?

>> WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICAN

DEMOCRACY?

>> OH, WE LOVE AMERICAN DEMIE...

DEMOCRACY.

WE ARE PERFECTLY WILLING TO

SIT DOWN WITH THE GOVERNOR

BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO

NEGOTIATE ON THIS.

>> NATURALLY BECAUSE HE WON'T

NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS.

>> WE'RE STANDING UP FOR WHAT

THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF

WISCONSIN WANT AND THAT'S THE

RIGHT TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN

THEIR JOBS.

>> HOW LONG ARE YOU PREPARED

TO HIDE OUT IN THIS CAVE?

>> IT'S NOT A CAVE.

WE HAVE A BED.

IT'S A HOTEL ROOM.

NOT A CAVE AT ALL.

NOT A CAVE.

WE'RE PREPARED TO GO HOME WHEN

GOVERNOR WALKER SAYS IT'S OKAY

TO COME HOME.

>> AND HIS MESSAGE TO AMERICA

WAS CHILLING.

WHAT ARE YOUR DEMANDS?

LOOK STRAIGHT INTO THIS

CAMERA.

>> IT'S NOT A DEMAND.

>> Reporter: ATTENTION

AMERICAN PIGS RENOUNCE YOUR

WESTERN WAY OF LIFE OR WE WILL

LAY WASTE TO YOUR COUNTRY.

DEATH WILL RAIN DOWN UPON YOU.

WE WILL NEVER STOP.

>> WE'RE ASKING THE GOVERNOR

TO PLEASE SIT DOWN.

>> I TURN YOUR SKIES INTO

FIRE.

>> THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M SAYING.

>> I KILL YOU.

>> THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M SAYING.

>> YOUR WISCONSIN CHEESE WILL

RUN RED WITH BLOOD.

LOOK STRAIGHT INTO THE EYES OF

PURIST EVIL.

>> NOT AT ALL.

MY EYES?

NO, NOT AT ALL.

I'M JUST A TYPICAL GUY FROM

WISCONSIN.

>> Reporter: WITH THESE

EXTREMISTS DIGGING IN, SURELY

AMERICA IS GOING TO BE FORCED

TO FINALLY INTERVENE IN THIS

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