Liberal comedian Bill Maher began the Friday edition of his HBO show “Real Time” with a series of jokes aimed at Roy Moore, the former judge and Alabama GOP Senate candidate facing accusations of sexual contact with a then 14 year-old girl in 1979, when Moore was 32 years old.
“Welcome to another edition of: Who pulled their dick out this week?” said Maher as he put his head in his hands. “It’s so ironic that Trump is in China, because here in America, this is clearly the Year of the Dog.”
Much of Maher’s derision was aimed at GOP supporters of Moore.
“Top Republicans are now speaking out—against the women,” the comedian said. “No, really. Sean Hannity had to apologize for saying it was ‘consensual,’ and then had to explain to the other guys at Fox News what ‘consensual’ means. Alabama Republican State Representative Ed Henry said that he wants to prosecute the women. He said that you can’t be a victim forty years later.”
Maher rightly excoriated the fact that Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler used a Bible story to try to defend the charges against Moore by saying, “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter and they became parents of Jesus.”
“I mean, using Jesus to justify child molestation? Even the Catholics went: Tried it, doesn’t work,” said Maher, using an unfair accusation against Catholics (although they have had their problems) as comedic fodder. “It’s been a while since I’ve been to catechism but to my recollection, slight difference: Joseph and Mary didn’t f–k. Isn’t that the whole point of that story?!”
Zeigler’s comments aside, no credible conservative is defending the actions Moore is accused of, although many rightly question the timing, the distance from the event, and even the accuser’s checkered past.
Maher likened Moore using the charges to fund-raise to “hearing about disaster relief on TV and sending money to the hurricane.”
The HBO host ended his comments on Moore by pointing out the supposed hypocrisy on the right, who to his mind always defend their own instead of casting them out, as opposed to liberals who always do the right thing when fellow liberals misbehave. Nevermind the fact that it took an avalanche after years of cover-up before Harvey Weinstein was finally taken off his perch. And perhaps someone should remind Maher that Bill Clinton remains a Democratic icon despite multiple credible accusations of sexual harassment and even rape.
“I have to say, I gotta defend my tribe here a little bit—liberals versus conservatives—because certainly sexual harassment is absolutely the one thing we see now is totally, truly bipartisan (maybe the last thing that is),” Maher said. “But no liberal defended Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey, who might be going to jail. Anthony Weiner is in jail. Louis C.K., we hear this week, did horrific things. Compare that to Trump and Roy Moore. We arrest our alleged rapists—they elect them. I mean, there’s a pig in the White House.”
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