By Will Robinson
October 27, 2016 at 03:10 PM EDT
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It took all of one line for John Oliver to ingratiate himself with the crowd at the Center for Reproductive Rights Gala.

“Good evening gentlemen and nasty women — nasty, nasty, nasty,” he said Tuesday night to a roar of applause and cheers. “Some of the nastiest among us, I imagine.” 

The Last Week Tonight host appeared at the fifth annual shindig, which honored filmmaker Dawn Porter and author Isabel Allende. Oliver’s opening line was a dig at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who referred to his opponent Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” during the third debate.

During the showdown, Trump came out as steadfastly pro-life and anti-abortion. Oliver proposed that Trump’s blustery assertion might have a silver lining. “In terms of the communication about reproductive rights, and the conversation that is so important, we really did potentially hit an idea in the modern era during that third debate,” Oliver said. “[Trump’s] discussion of late-term abortions showed no real understanding of how abortions work, no clear understanding of the basic biology of women’s bodies, and a very poor sense of grammar as well. So I guess we got, in a sense, what we were asking for.”

Oliver added: “If you ask Donald Trump to draw a fallopian tube, I cannot imagine what you would get back other than a child’s drawing of a cobra.”

Later, Oliver indicated that if Trump defied polling and won the election, he would not flee to America’s northern neighbor. “I am not going to Canada. Armageddon is not enough to force me up there. I’m staying,” he said. “I’m staying in this country like the string quartet stayed on the Titanic.”

See Oliver’s moment above.