Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” has already made it clear he’s hoping for an economic recession to get President Donald Trump out of his office, but it seems other leftists are now joining his cause.
During a discussion on the latest episode of his late-night program, Maher found an ally in NBC News chief foreign news correspondent Richard Engel. The two men were the lone voices in a roundtable discussion who were hoping for an economic recession.
“I’m not wishing for a recession,” Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” said at one point during the show.
“Neither am I,” Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell added.
Millionaire Maher countered the two by saying, “You should wish for a recession because that would definitely get [Trump] unelected.”
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci then tried to jump into the conversation and be rational, but it did little good.
“You don’t really want a recession,” Scaramucci said to Maher.
“I really do,” Maher responded. “We have survived many recessions, we can’t survive another Donald Trump term.”
Engel then agreed with Maher and said, “Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution.”
Check out video of the discussion below:
Anthony @Scaramucci to @BillMaher: “You don’t really want a recession.” Maher: “I do. We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term.” NBC’s @RichardEngel: “Short term pain…better than long term destruction of the Constitution.” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/zJVRczTPJe
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 10, 2019
Hoping for America’s economy to crumble simply because he doesn’t like the president is nothing new for Maher. He previously said a failing economy would be “worth it” if it means Trump doesn’t get reelected.
Maher’s original frustration came out his dissatisfaction with the current group of Democrats fighting to challenge Trump in 2020.
“All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump — and, of course, they’re blowing it!” he said. “Coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in ‘America sucks.’”
Hoping for a recession is easy when you are literally worth millions and have a primetime gig with HBO. While Maher can shrug off a recession, there are millions of Americans who can’t afford to do that. Millions voted for the president specifically because they did not want a recession, but instead a booming economy, which we are enjoying now and that seems to really tick some Democrats off.
What’s frightening about Friday night’s “Real Time” segment is someone like Engel agreeing with Maher. Maher is a comedian who says wild things to be edgy and funny, but to see legit newspeople agreeing with his wish for a recession shows just how disconnected from reality Democrats are becoming.
Responses to Maher and Engel’s recession discussion has not been great on social media.
“Goes to show just how out of touch the elites are. Get rid of Trump at all cost even if normal working people lose there jobs and things they have worked for there whole life just so they can get there way,” one user wrote in response.
Another said, “Cause going thru the @BarackObama era was great. He might have been a kinder President but he had bad policies and the economy was horrible. Don’t remember any wishing for him to tank the markets or the economy because he wasn’t liked.”
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