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?”
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.
“My reputation isn’t on the line,” Maher said. “Yours is.”
Watch Maher’s statement, as posted online on Friday, below.
Trump openly admits he’s fast-tracking SCOTUS nominee to rule on ‘fake ballots’ during contested election
President Donald Trump is openly admitting he's wasting no time, fast-tracking the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to help him during a contested election.
Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Trump on Monday said because of "fake ballots," he does not want a 4-4 Supreme Court ruling on the election, should there be one. There is zero evidence of fake ballots.
Trump suggests though he wants a confirmation vote before the elections, citing election disputes and his baseless claim of “fake ballots” being filled out. We don’t want a 4-4 tie at the court, he said
Trump tells Fox & Friends that RBG’s dying wish may be a hoax written by Adam Schiff
President Donald Trump on Monday told "Fox & Friends" that he believed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish may have been a "hoax" concocted by Democrats.
During the interview, the president was asked about Ginsburg saying that she did not want to be replaced until after the 2020 presidential election.
"I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi," the president said. "I would be more inclined to the second."
As CNN fact checker Daniel Dale notes, Ginsburg's dying wish was "conveyed by the granddaughter."
‘Apocalyptic’: Epidemiologists warn CNN that America is headed for a ‘very grim’ COVID-19 fall
Two top epidemiologists on Monday warned that the United States is headed for what one described as an "apocalyptic fall" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During an appearance on CNN, Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, pointed to surging COVID-19 cases in several European countries and recent spikes in cases in the United States to project that the pandemic is taking a very deadly turn for the worse.