Bill Maher trains his sights back onto the GOP and slams Republicans for ‘deciding that democracy is what’s wrong with America’ while accusing them of abandoning faith in free elections
- Maher on his HBO show on Friday returned to sharply criticizing Republicans
- He argued that the GOP was abandoning its commitment to democracy
- Pointed to restrictive voting laws and the Capitol riot over the 2020 election
- Maher, a liberal, had for months been critiquing Democrats and progressives
After months of calling out progressives for their perceived missteps, liberal commentator Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy.
In the new episode of his HBO show Real Time on Friday, Maher argued that restrictive new voting laws, bitter acrimony over the 2020 election, and the US Capitol riot show that the GOP is willing to abandon democratic principles.
‘Now many Republicans have decided that democracy is what’s wrong with America,’ Maher said in a monologue.
‘That is pretty much the position of the Republican Party now, that you can vote for anyone you like, but it doesn’t count if it’s not us. Heads we win, tails we coup,’ he added.
Bill Maher has returned to form and sharply criticized the Republican Party, arguing that conservatives are abandoning their commitment to democracy
Trump is seen at a rally in Ohio on Saturday to endorse JD Vance
‘[Democracy] dies in plain sight because enough people think democracy is a luxury America can no longer afford,’ he said.
‘I know that some people like to say there’s not much difference between the parties, but actually in America 2022, there’s more of a difference between the parties than there ever has been in American history,’ he said.
‘Democrats, for all their flaws, still see democracy as the essence of America—they see America and democracy as inextricably linked. They believe that one without the other is unthinkable. Republicans? Thinkable.’
Maher went on: ‘Republicans now seem to be ok with America continuing to exist as a country, but without being a democracy.’
Maher went on to give examples of Republicans who supposedly oppose democracy, including Utah Senator Mike Lee.
Maher cited Utah Senator Mike Lee as a Republican who supposedly opposes democracy
Lee in October 2020 tweeted: ‘Democracy isn’t the objective. liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.’
The pundit also struck out at Donald Trump’s loyalists who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.
‘I’m no constitutional scholar, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t say in the case of an election loss, break s**t and install your guy anyway,’ he said.
‘A lot of people drive themselves crazy asking Republicans for evidence that Biden somehow stole the election. But that’s a fool’s errand. In the circular logic of today’s right, the evidence that the election was stolen is that they lost.’
At Trump’s rally in Ohio on Saturday, a man wears a cross with a Trump shirt reading ‘Trump 2024, Cheated, Not Defeated in 2020’
Maher struck out at Donald Trump’s loyalists who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election win
However, Maher did not spare Democrats from criticism, saying that they were focused on ill-advised policies such as defunding police departments and teaching kids ‘crazy s**t’ in schools.
‘The left today is getting a lot of things wrong,’ he said, including reframing ‘America as irredeemably racist.’
‘I get the panic, but solutions short of junking democracy can and must handle this,’ he added.
‘But conservatives now sound creepily like the generals in some country where they finally experimented with democracy for the first time, and well, they didn’t like it so much,’ he said.