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There are certainly many on the Right who have less than enthusiastic thumbs for liberal Bill Maher, but the guy transcends party lines — or, at least, cultural ones — from time to time and scores big in the Conservative Principles department.
He’s also not above criticizing his own side:
And on Sunday, he gave the President his props.
The namesake host of CNN’s Fareed Azakaria GPS posed the following:
“What do you think of this week for Donald Trump?”
Bill admitted it was Trump’s greatest triumph:
“I thought it was his best week ever…”
Not that he likes it:
“[A]nd the most depressing week for me, as someone who’s not a fan of Donald Trump and what he’s doing to this country. It was chilling.”
It was certainly a grand slam: The Prez killed it at Tuesday’s State of the Union, just one day before he was acquitted in the impeachment dustup.
In Bill’s view, the Commander-in-Chief’s advisors did well by instructing him to “stick to the prompter” during the SOTU.
But, according to Maher, the President made “veiled threats” Thursday.
“Comey, we’re gonna see what happens, people are in jail, that language.”
Bill’s not a fan of acquittal.
“[T]he worst thing that could possibly have happened, that we all feared and talked about, has happened. He’s normalized. Anything you see enough becomes normal. You don’t notice it. So, he’s in a great position. The bad is baked into the cake. His fans either love it, ’cause it’s trolling or it’s just him, and lots of other people are like, ‘Yeah, I know, that’s him, but, you know, we all know crazy people in our life and some of them function, some of them are in our family.’ And you just sort of accept that, and every time he’s just this horrible jerk, I think a lot of people go, ‘Yeah, but that’s part and parcel to be this strong leader. And he’s getting things done.”
Well, at least he acknowledges that it happened — unlike a bunch of Democratic congresspeople (here).
He’s believes the annual speech on Capitol Hill was successful only because people lack “the facts.”
“The showmanship that pulled out every stop with the medals and the Marine being reunited. That’s what he does. … If this is a superhero movie.this is the moment when Superman is on the ground. You know, the kryptonite has weakened him. And I don’t know how we get to the end of the movie. I know how in a superhero movie, ’cause they always win, but this is life.”
Still, the liberal pundit believes Trump’s a winner. And he’s set to remain that way:
“It’s going to be hard to beat. … I don’t know how we get from here, this week, to that place in November 3rd where he’s defeated and leaves…”
But here’s a wrench — for some reason, Maher thinks Donald would just stay in the White House, even if he lost:
“I don’t know how we get from here…to that place in November 3rd where he’s defeated and leaves, which — of course — I don’t think he’s gonna do.”
Bold = silly.
Such a notion’s definitely not outside the HBO man’s wheelhouse; here’s what Bill told Chris Cuomo last June:
“[One thing] that I’ve been talking about for years now — almost three years — that a lot of people are talking about now is that if he loses, Trump, he won’t go. I’ve been saying that since before he got elected, that if he loses the second time — if he loses the coming election…I think that we have to worry about, because a lot of people say, ‘Yes, it can happen here, meaning fascism — meaning something other than…democracy. Now, I think we’re already there.”
He keeps his trusty checklist handy:
“When the President of the United States is saying that the news is the enemy of the people, you know, I have a dictator checklist that I read on my show sometimes — things that no American president has never done but this president does. Appointing your family to key government positions, this is banana republic stuff. … I absolutely think he will not leave.”
At the time, Chris offered:
“Hopefully, even the great Bill Maher is wrong about the president refusing to accept the results of the election if he loses.”
Yes — “hopefully.”
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