Real Time host Bill Maher concluded his satirical segment “New Rules” on Friday by advising his audience to “just celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t try to win it.” At first glance, his closing monologue might have seemed like words of wisdom for those who “see politics so differently from people who share your very blood.” But it quickly turned into a rant against “hate”-filled “rubes” and “Bible thumpers,” in other words, conservatives.
After unveiling his tip, Maher proceeded to advise his viewers to “never forget the single shining truth about democracy: it means sharing a country with assholes you can’t stand.” Maher made it perfectly clear that he was talking about conservatives.
According to Maher, “we have to accept something about people: half of them have their taste in their ass.” He continued to mock and stereotype conservatives: “they eat sweet potatoes with marshmallows, they wear matching family outfits, and put nuts on their truck.”
Nothing seemed to upset Maher more about conservatives than their support for President Trump. As a picture of the President supposedly mocking a disabled reporter appeared in the background, Maher expressed his bewilderment that “46 percent of the country wanted that guy picking the Supreme Court.” Eventually, Maher informed the audience that despite their intense dislike for those on the other side of the aisle, “we’re stuck with them and they’re stuck with us.”
It’s beyond strange for Bill Maher to disdain knocking your opponents with harsh words, as he demonstrated.
Trump rallies are filled with words like “enemies of the people,” “human scum.” They talk of people to be locked up. Well, you can’t lock all us up. Liberals are described as weak, lame, coddling, oversensitive, and limp-d—–.
Which are strong words for a bunch of mouth-breathers, s—-kickers, knuckle-draggers, Bible -thumpers, sister-f—— and rubes.
The cheers and applause that followed made Maher’s point. That kind of insult is rewarded. And it’s made Maher very rich for doing it over and over and over again.
Maher promised he would “try to stop” calling them those names because he has “learned that the anti-intellectualism on the right doesn’t come primarily from stupidity; it comes from hate.” At this point, Maher compared Trump supporters to traitors; suggesting that “telling people you think they’re irredeemable is what makes them say, ‘You know what? I’d rather side with Russia than you.’”
The HBO host did have some nuggets of good advice in his monologue but it was overshadowed by his harsh words for Republicans and Trump. Reacting to Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a football game, Maher used the occasion as an excuse to trash Trump: “Bush was not my idea of a good president but I never worried that he was going to lock up his political opponents or reporters or me. Bush was wrong but he wasn’t trying to enrich George Bush, he condemned Islamophobia after 9/11, and he did a lot for AIDS in African countries without calling them s—holes.”
When he finally finished airing his grievances against conservatives, Maher closed by attempting to call for unity. As a picture of animals of different species hanging out together appeared in the background, Maher asked “For a country that loves to look at pictures of entirely different species getting along, can’t we try it in politics?”
America might have an easier time accepting Maher’s call for civility if he did not spend his entire closing monologue trashing people he disagrees with.