Maher bluntly asks if Putin was so ‘supportive’ of Trump ‘why didn’t he invade when Trump was in office?’

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On Friday, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher took a jab at leftists who seek to make the whole invasion of Ukraine by Russia about their pet issues and former President Donald Trump rather than President Vladimir Putin’s megalomaniacal efforts to get the Soviet band back together.

“Don’t take this personally but don’t take everything personally. Ukraine is not mostly about your pet grievances, it’s about Vladimir Putin’s,” Maher said.

“Don’t make world war 3 all about you. Watching the reactions to war in Ukraine these past few weeks, it’s become obvious that America in this age suffers acutely from a particular disease of the mind, which is: everything proves what we already believed, and everything goes back to the thing we already hate. … So, naturally, Republicans blamed Ukraine on Biden being the worst president ever, and Democrats blamed it on Trump’s being the worst president ever, which he was, there is that,” he stated at the beginning of a monologue that took swipes at both sides of the political spectrum.

“All issues today: Pandemic, war, whatever, become a stress test for our reflexive partisanship,” Maher noted. “Can you take a vastly complex situation that is 100% not about your thing and somehow still make it about your thing? Our answer is, ‘watch me.’”

(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher)

The liberal host didn’t spare President Joe Biden either. He poked Biden for “dragging January 6th into this” and then quoted him when he said, “Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament, kill five cops, injure 145? Or the German Bundestag? Or the Italian Parliament? I think you’d wonder.”

“If Putin thought Trump was really that supportive of him, why didn’t he invade when Trump was in office? It’s at least worth asking that question if you’re not locked into one, intransigent thought,” Maher astutely stated.

Then he launched into criticism of Trump and mocked him for linking the Ukrainian invasion to the “rigged” 2020 election. He also knocked attempts to bring issues such as race, LGBTQ rights, self-loathing, and cancel culture into the discussion on the war in Ukraine.

“Now, one guy we know is locked into one thought is Donald Trump, who would ask what went wrong with Ukraine said, ‘Well, what went wrong was a rigged election.’ Kanye thinks less about Pete Davidson than Trump thinks about the rigged election,” Maher snarked.

Many contend that Putin invaded Ukraine because Biden is such a weak leader that the timing couldn’t have been more opportune. Putin arguably knows that the president will not stop him or retaliate in any meaningful way.

He also went after Donald Trump Jr. for his justified focus on Hunter Biden.

“For whatever reason, Don Jr. seems obsessed with Hunter, so when Ukraine happened, Don tweeted: ‘Will it ultimately be Hunter’s lucrative and shady as f*** business dealings in Ukraine that gets us into a war with Russia?’ Uh, let me field that one for you mini-Mook: No,” the left-leaning pundit said gratuitously attacking the former president’s son by trying to equate him to Biden’s criminal offspring.

Maher also took aim at “1619 Project” author Nikole Hannah-Jones for bringing up race as an issue in the invasion. She is known for her fixation with race. He pointed out that Ukrainians are white and that really has nothing to do with anything concerning the war.

“Maybe it should be a reminder that pain does not have a monopoly on race. Racism is bad but other things are bad, too. It’s not an avocado, you don’t have to put it on everything,” he remarked.

Maher also took digs at former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, evangelist Pat Robertson, and conservative pundit Monica Crowley for bringing up left-engendered American self-loathing and a potentially looming apocalypse.

“Putin is bad, very, very, very, very bad but he’s still better than the guy who brings every conversation around to Bitcoin,” he quipped. “My pet cause is PETA, but I don’t think Ukraine got invaded because we haven’t neutered enough cats.”


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