Maher mocks Gavin Newsom’s freedom ads: ‘I have felt freer in Florida’

In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent advertisement run in Florida, comedian Bill Maher recognized the political dichotomy between uber-liberal California and conservative Florida and concluded that he has “felt freer in Florida.”

“I feel like Florida and California crystalize the two sides of America,” Maher said Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time.”

“And man, it’s so interesting, Republicans, freedom was always their brand. But now, abortion rights, taking away of freedom, it’s kind of a new ball game with that,” he said referring to the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade and determined that the Constitution gives no explicit right to abortion and that the issue was one to be determined by the people and their elected representatives.

Newsom recently ran an ad campaign in Florida where he claimed that California is freer than Florida, although he conveniently omitted details about things like the draconian Covid mandates, restrictions on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, out-of-control crime, and poverty that citizens of the leftist state have endured.

Maher then peeled back the onion on the stark difference between the two states asking, “So, I guess my question is, who’s got the freedom fight now?”

“Because I could see the Republicans saying, well, we stand up for your right to have your guns, we don’t [support] COVID bulls**t mandates, you have your freedom to be free,” he said.

Maher, who apparently lives in Southern California conceded that the restrictions on freedom in the former Golden State were stifling.

“I certainly don’t always feel free in this state, I must say,” Maher said, adding, “And I have felt freer in Florida.”

Earlier this year, Maher commended Florida for its handling of the pandemic during an interview with Ben Shapiro.

In May, Maher reassured his viewers that the high court overturning Roe v. Wade was not going to send us “back to 1973.”

“So, you know, for the people who say we’re going back to 1973, we’re not. That’s just factually inaccurate,” he argued.

He was astounded to learn that European countries had a more restrictive stance on abortions compared to the United States.

“I learned this week…” he said, about “pretty basic things that I did not know about abortion. Like in Europe, the modern countries of Europe are way more restrictive than we are or what they’re even proposing!”

“If you are pro-choice, you would like it a lot less in Germany, and Italy, and France, and Spain, and Switzerland. Did you know that? I didn’t know that,” he said.

“I learned most people who are pro-life are women,” Maher continued. “I did not know that. Most abortions are from… mothers, people who have a kid… And I thought this was interesting, most abortions now – even when you go to a clinic are done with a pill. The pill. And pills are easy to get in America.”

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