Liberal comedian Bill Maher somewhat defended firebrand Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, arguing that it’d be better to have him in office than former President Donald Trump.
Keep in mind though that he offered the defense more-so as an attack on Trump than anything else.
He posited the defense after one of his guests, liberal commentator Krystal Ball, questioned the idea that merely prosecuting Trump would solve this nation’s political problems.
“I actually have no issue with Trump being prosecuted, and I have a lot of issue with elites being left unaccountable for the crimes that they commit, number one. Number two, that’s not going to solve our problem. Do you think that Ron DeSantis is going to be way better than Donald Trump?”
“Yes, I do!” Maher promptly replied.
This troubled Ball.
“I don’t know how you can say that, because he’s clearly modeled himself in the footsteps of Donald Trump,” she replied.
Maher staunchly disagreed.
“He’s not certifiably insane. That’s a great one to start off with. You know what Ron DeSantis won’t be doing? He won’t be a poop tweeting every day. He won’t be, like, having feuds with Bette Midler on Twitter. He’s not an insane person,” he said.
Ball still wasn’t convinced.
“You have to ask yourself the question, Bill, how did we get to this place. Trump is a symptom of a deep rot in our system,” she said.
“But he also committed the crime. He robbed the liquor store,” Maher replied, presumably referencing the Jan. 6th riot.
This isn’t the first time Maher has come to DeSantis’ defense.
In March he defended DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education bill from the left’s “Don’t Say Gay” smear.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 12, 2022
A month later, he praised DeSantis for his successful COVID response.
“I’ve read that the governor of Florida reads. I know we like to think of Florida as only middle school teachers on bath salts having sex with their students in front of an alligator but apparently the governor is also a voracious consumer of the scientific literature. And maybe that’s why he protected his most vulnerable population the elderly way better than did the governor of New York,” he said.
That being said, some members of his left-wing base don’t appreciate him praising DeSantis and saying he’d be better than Trump.
— Bin Quick (@BinQuick_) June 18, 2022
Bill was right recognizing that DeSantis was not as dumb as Trump. But his conclusion was wrong. DeSantis can carry on with bad stuff precisely because he is way smarter than Trump. He seems more determine than Trump on punishing people not agreeing with him (Disney World).
— Fernando (@TheThinker1958) June 19, 2022
Neither is acceptable. @billmaher DeSantis is more dangerous because he’s smarter and much younger than Trump. He is already power-grabbing in FL and lying through his teeth daily. He’s the worst FL Governor ever.
— Lori Hannah (@LoriHannah58) June 19, 2022
@billmaher Floridian here. Please do not underestimate DeSantis. He is evil. Trump was not Christian. This guy is. Laws he’s changing or creating are scary. Need you to help get that word out. Thx
— Joni Dalgar (@charlieFL7) June 19, 2022
Are you even familiar with DeSantis? He tries to punish those who disagree with him. Or legislate them away! He is just another bully. We have had enough of bullies!!
— JRS (@7scrunch) June 18, 2022
@billmaher You need to pay attention to what DeSantis has done to Florida where he’s just a bully and dictator
— MyBoomerLife ☮️🇺🇸 🇺🇦 (@MyBoomerLife) June 19, 2022
— Bluer Than You 🇺🇸 (@BlueSoBlue1) June 19, 2022
FYI, despite Maher’s base calling DeSantis “dangerous,” “evil,” a “bully,” and a “dictator,” he’s in fact among the top 10 most popular governors in America, according to Morning Consult. In fact, every top 10 governor is a Republican, and that doesn’t seem like a coincidence.
Maher’s words Friday were also not the first time — probably not even the 10th time — that he’d trashed Trump. From the day Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, Maher and other liberals have been tearing into him at every opportunity.
Yet despite the liberal comedian’s animosity for the former president, Trump still remains the most likely Republican to win the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, according to numerous polls.
“Former President Donald Trump’s kingmaker status may be under scrutiny following a spate of recent losses by his endorsees in 2022 midterm election primaries, but a new Morning Consult/Politico survey suggests he remains firmly in control of the millions of Republican voters nationwide who would ultimately matter most come 2024,” Morning Consult confirmed earlier this month.
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