That the “absurdly rich” heiress to the Walmart commercial empire had $1 billion lying around to use for opening an art museum in Arkansas had Real Time host Bill Maher fuming on Friday.
“She said, ‘For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family to really make a difference,'” Maher said of Alice Walton. “How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?”
What people like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) don’t understand, Maher said, is that the U.S is less a country of “lazy people and good people” than one of “rich people and desperate people,” pointing to the massive increase in both the cost of a college education and the amount of people who are in debt on their student loans.
For that reason, he explained, he didn’t fault Duke University student Belle Knox’s decision to pursue a career in adult films.
“I’m surprised they’re not all doing porn” Maher said. “And even if Miss Knox wanted to pay her way through school serving hot dogs at Wienerschnitzel, there are no jobs at Wienerschnitzel. So instead she occasionally takes a wiener in the schnitzel.”
Maher also found it hard to blame the McDonald’s employee in Pittsburgh who was arrested for allegedly selling heroin to customers at the drive-thru.
“She didn’t do it because she likes heroin — although it’s probably no worse for you than the filet o’ fish,” Maher said. “She did it because you can’t raise two kids on seven dollars and seventy-two cents an hour.”
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.
Secret recording features Trump falsely claiming that weed makes people ‘lose IQ points’
President Donald Trump falsely claimed that marijuana makes people "lose IQ points" in a secret recording released by indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
Parnas released the recording, which captured more than one hour of conversation at a private donor dinner with Trump in 2018, to show that the president told him that he would fire then-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. But the recording, which was apparently captured by Parnas' indicted associate Igor Fruman, also featured Trump discussing Kim Jong Un's golf game, the European Union trying to "screw the United States," the 2016 election . . . and his views on marijuana.
Former Trump official worries about the president’s mental state: ‘How long can this be ignored?’
President Donald Trump's mental fitness for office was called into question after a campaign rally in New Jersey.
During his speech, Trump began to slur his words, causing somebody at Fox News to laugh on a hot mic as the network cut away from the speech.
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was concerned by the clip.
"Wondering how long this can be ignored," Scaramucci posted.
"Is there anyone left in his team that cares about his health and mental acuity?" he wondered.
Watch Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell on the GOP effort to convict Trump for President Pence
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday reported on the effort by "Republicans for the Rule of Law" to convince GOP senators that the party may be better off with Mike Pence in the Oval Office.
If Trump is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office, Vice President Pence would ascend to the presidency.
"Here it is in the wild. This is a billboard truck that puttered around Washington, D.C. all day, shuttling between the capitol and the White House and the Trump Hotel," Maddow reported, showing images of the moving billboard.
Moddow noted that on one side the truck read, "Remove Trump for Pence" and on the other, "Pence, it could be worse."