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Comedian and talk show host Bill Maher threw his usual jabs at President Donald Trump as he closed out his HBO show for the year.
The liberal host, who has been an unapologetic Trump critic, urged his viewers to not “gloat” over the supposed election victory of Democrat Joe Biden when getting together with family over the Thanksgiving holiday as he unloaded on the president and his allies in a final segment of “Real Time.”
“What now? Opportunity. To lift the scales from their eyes,” Maher asked in the closing remarks of his final 2020 show.
“But it’s not going to happen if you’re mocking them or calling them stupid or making smart remarks like ‘If Kamala Harris really is a lizard person, why didn’t she eat that fly on Mike Pence’s head?” he said. “Don’t do that. I’m saying don’t do that.”
(Source HBO Real Time/YouTube)
Not surprisingly, Maher did do just that. He brutally ridiculed Trump supporters and compared them in detail to a cult.
“The challenge for us is, how do you get people out of a cult?” Maher asked as he aired a montage aimed at painting Trump as a cult leader. “Especially when every time you present evidence of what is obvious reality, they take it as proof of you being in on a conspiracy to destroy them?”
And the smug host couldn’t resist a dig at U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, throwing in a joke about his sexuality (around the 6-minute mark). Really, Bill?
“Rather, if you have Trump relatives over for Thanksgiving, understand that they have been through a traumatic event,” Maher told his audience in his closing remarks.
“Their savior, their strongest smartest manliest hunk of a leader who ever lived just got his ass kicked by the 2,000 year-old man,” he said. “So don’t gloat, don’t even try to argue, because arguing with cult people only makes it worse.”
Earlier in the show, however, Maher had a moment when he appeared to push back when a guest blamed Trump for the nation’s coronavirus deaths.
Maher spoke with a panel that included historian Jon Meacham, discussing the election and Trump’s legal challenges to the results in several states. After comments about a press conference the previous day, Maher interjected when Meacham tried to pin the deaths of more than 250,000 Americans on the president.
Maher introduced Meacham as an “occasional” adviser to Democrat nominee Joe Biden, making a joke about the ousted MSNBC contributor who was not upfront about writing speeches for the former vice president.
The panel discussed the press conference held by Trump’s legal team in which Rudy Giuliani and attorney Sidney Powell revealed stunning allegations of widespread fraud in the presidential election and a process rigged by “communist money.”
Biden adviser/journalist @JMeacham: Trump admin’s “fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” @BillMaher pushed back: “Everybody’s incompetent. It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/vOrwDiPjJ1
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2020
“I think the reason so few Republicans have spoken out about this, sort of, if the Marx Brothers did a coup,” Meacham said on Friday’s “Real Time” episode.
“It’s easy, because it seems so incompetent, to make fun of it, but this is an administration whose fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the most significant weakening of institutions that, however flawed, have produced, by and large, a more perfect union,” he continued.
“So it’s easy to be amused by Rudy,” Meacham added, “but we’re just lucky that our authoritarians are so incompetent.”
Maher agreed to a point, interjecting to offer a reality check of sorts.
“Everybody’s incompetent,” he said. “It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths. He certainly did his part, but we’re an incompetent country.”
“That’s true,” Meacham acknowledged.
“And an unhealthy one,” Maher added.
Meacham also contended that it is an “existential moment” for America and said there is “one more shot” at getting it right, referring to Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections set for January. He urged voters to “get it right” and send Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate by voting for them over the Republican incumbents, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
“This an existential moment in American democratic, lower case d, history and we have one more shot at this. The voters of Georgia have one more shot to get this right by sending these Democrats to the Senate” – Biden adviser/journalist @JMeacham on #RealTime pic.twitter.com/eWEpERyL9a
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2020
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