In an interview that concentrated heavily on 2016’s presidential race, comedian Bill Maher said he was placing his bet on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to get the GOP nod, calling him the worst of a weak field made up of “are you f*cking kidding me?” candidates.
Speaking with Buzzfeed, the host of HBO’s Real Time, admitted that he would in all likelihood support Hillary Clinton, while dismissing Republicans out of hand.
Maher said that Walker is ideal for Republicans because, “he’s the worst and the Republicans, you know, they are pretty good at nominating the ‘are you f*cking kidding me?’ candidate. And to me, Mr. Walker is the ‘are you f*cking kidding me?’ candidate.”
Maher was less kind to former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, mocking his status as the “moderate” among potential nominees.
“When he was the governor of Florida, he threw an election for his brother, he threw black people off the voter rolls, he crushed the unions, he signed the Stand Your Ground law, he put the feeding tube back into Terri Schiavo,” he said. “This is what passes for a moderate in this party? Yeah, I guess so.”
Maher was more reserved when speaking of libertarian candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky with whom he shares some beliefs, but criticized him for pandering to the GOP base.
“His father made a calculation, ‘Better to be true to yourself, better to be real, better to be honest and say what you really believe and not win then to sell out like these other dopes,’” Maher said. “And Rand Paul looks like he’s not making that calculation, he looks like he’s making the opposite calculation.”
Maher added that in a recent interview with the Kentucky senator, Paul better articulated his positions, but as the campaign has ramped up his rhetoric has dumbed down.
“It’s not like the boy can’t learn. But unfortunately, again, it looks like the lesson he learned from his father is, ‘Say stupid shit to get the nomination because if you don’t, you’ll lose.’”