Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday that he’s in no hurry to revisit any old jokes about Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky — and warned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to do likewise.
“I want to pretend I was too young to have covered Monica Lewinsky or even know who she is,” Maher told CNN host Jake Tapper. “I heard something about it when I was in graduate school, but I’m not really sure who she is. It’s still pretty funny. Of course, it’s going to backfire, because, this is supposed to hurt Hillary [Clinton]? As I recall, Hillary was only ever abetted by the fact that her husband cheated on her.”
Maher added that the 1998 revelations of then-President Clinton’s illicit activities with Lewinsky, then a White House intern, only turned Hillary Clinton into “the Jennifer Aniston of America.”
Paul has recently begun pushing the theory that Bill Clinton should be blamed for the “war on women” because of his actions toward Lewinsky, but Maher countered on Friday that popular opinion has been kind toward Clinton in the years after his two White House terms.
“I don’t know how Rand Paul thinks he’s going to drag Hillary into this,” Maher said. “And plus Bill Clinton. Let’s face it: if you hang around long enough, like an old building, they say, you become respectable. And that’s Bill Clinton now. Somehow the guy who the Republicans accused of everything from rape to murdering Vince Foster, the most corrupt guy, he’s great now.”
Meanwhile, Maher described Hillary Clinton as the clear Democratic Party presidential front-runner for 2016, contrasting her with a jumbled Republican field.
“For my own selfish reasons I would like to see [Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul and the rest of the Insane Clown Posse run,” he told Tapper. “And I’m sure there will be some people on the right who are great fodder for us. But, you know, I’m a patriot first, I like to think, so I want the most qualified people. I don’t know who that is anymore.”
Watch Tapper’s interview with Maher, as aired Friday on CNN, below.
White House flack: Trump made it clear he ‘disagrees with’ and ‘stands with’ people who chanted ‘send her back’
White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp on Sunday insisted that President Donald Trump "stands with" people who chanted a racist slogan at his rally last week -- although she also claimed that he disagrees with the chant itself.
In an interview on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schlapp why Trump let the racist "send her back" chant go on for 13 seconds after he attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"He is not a racist," Schlapp said of the president. "He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community."
"You also saw him in that room in North Carolina -- 13 seconds as the crowd chanted 'send her back,'" Stephanopoulos pointed out. "It seems like you're at odds with the president, you had a different reaction to that chant."
Chris Wallace burns down Stephen Miller over Trump’s racist lies: He let ‘send her back’ chant ‘go for 13 seconds’
White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's racist tweets directed at four non-white congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI).
In an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace asked Miller to explain Trump's "go back" remark and the "send her back" chant at a recent presidential rally.
"That is not protecting the American people, that is playing the race card," Wallace said. "Let's take the Obama birther -- you don't think that questioning whether the first black president is [a citizen]..."
Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.
According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.
"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."