Real Time host Bill Maher hammered Republicans on Friday for continuing to spread long-defunct talking points like they were characters in a horror movie, dubbing them “zombie lies” for their refusal to die.
“Remember ‘fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes?’ Zombie lie, so stop saying it,” Maher said. “‘Voter fraud’? We studied it. It’s not an actual problem. Stop zombie-lying about it. Their entire economic philosophy — cut taxes for the rich and it trickles down — is a zombie lie. And all these zombie lies are stll out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead — like Dick Cheney. Hungry for brains — like Dick Cheney.”
Cheney, Maher said, is not only out there telling lies about Iraq “in his latest return from the dead,” he’s using the same ones he did before the U.S. invaded the country more than a decade ago. But while Cheney and other conservatives have been called out over their latest statements, there has been less scrutiny on Republican allegations surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
“They said Obamacare would use death panels. It doesn’t,” he said. “They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits. They said it covered illegals. It doesn’t. They said it was a job killer. It hasn’t been. They said there were elves who baked cookies in trees.”
And while President Barack Obama also told a lie in guaranteeing people could keep their doctors after signing up for the law’s health care exchanges, Maher said, he stopped peddling that line after even 2 percent of the population found that not to be the case.
“He stepped up and said, ‘You’re right, my bad,’ because he understood there’s this thing called ‘observable reality,’” Maher said.
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.