HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher is an old-school liberal, but he’s still a liberal, nonetheless, and he didn’t think many good things about President Donald Trump’s presidency.
But because Maher is true to his liberalism, he’s also honest with himself and others when it comes to making political assessments, and he made one about Trump on his Friday evening program.
In short: Democrats who are counting Trump out after he ‘lost’ the 2020 election are making a huge mistake, Maher believes.
As his panel discussion drew near a close, Maher said he was bringing up a subject he “didn’t want to talk about,” the former president, who is scheduled to give the highly anticipated keynote address on Sunday as the annual Conservative Political Action Conference draws to a close.
“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 began.
“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,” Maher continued, possibly referencing the 1970s-era Hollywood blockbuster thriller “Jaws.” “The shark went out to sea for a while, it’s going to come back, and eat more people on the shore.”
“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,” Maher added.
Fact-check: There are no panels about why Trump lost because as even Time magazine has admitted, the election was manipulated — dare we say “rigged?” — against the former president.
In any event, one of Maher’s panelists, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), agreed, saying Trump is the “absolute frontrunner right now,” who “very well might be” the GOP nominee in 2024. He added that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reembraced Trump by saying he would “absolutely” back the 45th president if he won the nomination in 2024.
New York Times hack Ezra Kline did his best elitist interpretation by claiming, in response, that the “problem” isn’t Trump but rather that evil Republican Party that “enables him.” He claimed GOP lawmakers “don’t have the courage” to tell the former president that he is “bad for the party at this point.”
That’s because he’s not “bad for the party at this point” — Trump is the party at this point, same as he was when he won the 2016 nomination and same as he was when he served his term.
Maher is the one who is on point here and this is why: Maher understands that regardless of what Trump’s ‘bad traits’ may be (everyone has them, by the way), Trump connects to tens of millions of people in a way that few presidential hopefuls and presidents have done, especially in the modern era. The last one to do it was Ronald Reagan and he won earth-shattering majorities in both of his elections.
As Kline proves, however, the left remains incapable of figuring that out because they don’t want to see or believe that any American could or would look to anyone else other than them to solve political, cultural, and social issues.
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