Quantcast
Connect with us

Bill Maher slams Berkeley protesters: Who said you only had to hear what didn’t upset you?

Published

on

Real Time host Bill Maher struck back on Friday at University of California-Berekeley students protesting his appearance at the school next month, pointing out that even Reza Aslan says he is not bigoted.

“He and I disagree on stuff,” Maher argued. “But he’s always welcome on this show. That’s how it’s done, kids. Who ever told you you only had to hear what didn’t upset you?”

ADVERTISEMENT

Maher argued that the opposition to his appearance came from people “who had never been to Berkeley.” But as the campus paper reported, it was actually students who organized a Change.org petition accusing him of “hate speech.” The speech is also being protested on Twitter through use of the #NoMaher tag.

“Right, because Islam is a race,” Maher said mockingly on Friday. “This is the level of logic we’re dealing with. By the way, even Reza Aslan, my most strident critic, has gone to pains to say he doesn’t think I’m a bigot.”

Maher also groused that his views on Islam only became an issue following his argument with actor Ben Affleck during a panel discussion on the show earlier this month.

“He’s an A-list movie star, so now our very deep media started to care about it,” Maher complained.

He also said that he planned to follow through on his appearance after the school refused to disinvite him earlier this week. He also asked “liberal, in the truest sense of the word” college students to weigh in on the issue.

ADVERTISEMENT

“My reputation isn’t on the line,” Maher said. “Yours is.”

Watch Maher’s statement, as posted online on Friday, below.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Veteran Republican operative shames the GOP — and warns they won’t get rid of Trumpism ‘for at least a generation’

Published

on

Stuart Stevens is a veteran Republican campaign operative from five presidential races. When he spoke to PBS's Judy Woodruff Wednesday, he lamented the GOP failed the moral test it was presented with Donald Trump.

"Well, I think there's been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the '50s and a McCarthy strain," Stevens said, recalling when the GOP would talk about expanding their party and bringing in more African-American voters. "Now we don't even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Seth Meyers mocks Trump’s Axios interview where he ‘couldn’t even remember his own BS — that’s how fried his brain is’

Published

on

In his response to President Donald Trump's bizarre interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, "Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers explained the Trump interview in a single photo:

"You know something has gone horribly wrong when a journalist interviewing the president looks like that," said Meyers. "That's the face you make when your dad gets drunk and decides to tell you about the night you were conceived."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Former Trump ambassador tells Rachel Maddow ‘it’s a big red flag’ that Trump is trying to hide investigation of Turnberry scam

Published

on

Former acting ambassador to the U.K., Lewis Lukens, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that the inspector general raised questions to him and embassy staff in the U.K. about President Donald Trump's demand for the ambassador to lobby for the British Open to be hosted at Trump's golf course in Scotland.

According to Lukens, he told those questioning how to go about getting the British Open at Trump Turnberry, and Lukens said he was clear that it was "unethical" and "possibly illegal." Still, Trump's cronies persisted.

He explained that when the inspector general did the investigation they went back to Washington to write up the report and that it should have been released by now, but it obviously has not. Today, the acting IG, who took over just three months ago, abruptly resigned.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image