HBO host Bill Maher is ringing the alarm bells ahead of former President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday and he’s warning that the Republican giant should not be underestimated.
It’s rumored that Trump will tease another run at the presidency in 2024 in his much-anticipated speech. He’s also expected to heavily slam President Biden and his policies.
Friday on “Real-Time,” Maher broached a subject he “didn’t want to talk about” with his panel according to Fox News. That subject is Trump and Maher claims he is no longer being silent. The former president’s speech at the conservative confab will be his first major public appearance since leaving the presidency. And many are predicting it will be riveting, unifying, and explosive.
“After he lost, people kept coming up to me and [saying], ‘Are you gonna?’ and I say, ‘He’s gone. Stop obsessing. I don’t want to talk about him!'” Maher stated. “But knowing what’s going to happen this weekend at CPAC, I must bring this up. … The shark is not gone. We need a bigger boat. The shark went out to sea for a while, it’s going to come back, and eat more people on the shore.”
Maher seemed to echo a broad-based fear from Democrats… that Trump is not gone, his absence was merely a reprieve for leftists.
The HBO host went on: “He is going to say Sunday that he’s the presumptive nominee in 2024, no one is going to oppose him, there are nine panels at the CPAC convention all about how the election was stolen, none about why it was lost. That’s where they are. If you think that 2024 is not going to be a nailbiter or that he isn’t going to be the nominee, I think you’re being naive.”
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) wholeheartedly agreed with Maher. He proclaimed that Trump was the “absolute frontrunner right now,” who “very well might be” the Republican nominee for president in 2024. He referred to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s about-face on his support for Trump declaring he would “absolutely” have his vote even though he excoriated the former president over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Maher also had The New York Times’ Ezra Klein on. He posited that the issue is not Trump, but the Republican Party that “enables him.” He proceeded to insult Republicans by stating that they “don’t have the courage” to inform Trump that he is “bad for the party at this point.”
“The two wings of the party that I can see are Trump and then the people who want to take his voters, who want to be his successor,” Maher mused. “There’s Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and Nikki Haley. They want to be the next nominee but they’re not about to get rid of his voters. They just want to be Trump’s successor.”
Speech after speech at CPAC so far have been massively pro-Trump.
“Let me tell you right now. Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) proclaimed to a cheering audience. The Texas firebrand touted the GOP as the party of the working man and woman and painted Democrats as out-of-touch radicals.
The Republican Party is not just the party of country clubs, the Republican Party is the party of steel workers, construction workers, pipeline workers, police officers, firefighters, waiters and waitresses. pic.twitter.com/mnITBWYLce
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 26, 2021
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, whose state’s pandemic response has been nothing short of impressive, had nothing but praise for the former president.
“These radical liberals, they want to erase our history,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) added to the conversation in his support of Trump’s policies. “They want to replace it with their crazy Marxist theories.”
Conservative Dan Bongino closed out by saying: “Leave here tonight with your chest out proud…you are on the right side of everything”
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 26, 2021
Even before CPAC, Republicans were hailing the return of Trump and his pro-American stance – they have only begun to fight. “The Biden Administration claims ‘America is back’ — but America didn’t go anywhere,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted. “Quite the opposite. We built enormous coalitions all around the world to secure American freedom. We made America more prosperous and much stronger.”
“He’ll be talking about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Also, look for the 45th President to take on President (Joe) Biden’s disastrous amnesty and border policies,” a source said to Reuters.
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