Real Time host Bill Maher ripped both Donald Trump and the media on Friday’s show for what he called the manufacturing of their own facts without regard for the truth.
“We’ve gotten so used to Donald Trump and a candidate who pulls insane sh*t out of his a*s,” Maher told his panelists, before noting that Trump tells his supporters at rallies that unemployment at the US is “really” as high as 40 percent, despite the fact that it is actually at 4.9 percent.
“Do you have any idea what America would look like with 40 percent unemployment?” he asked. In the Great Depression, people were jumping out of windows and selling apples on the street.”
CNN analyst Ana Navarro challenged Maher, however, when he argued that conservatives bought into Trump’s claims because of racism and an unending desire to blame President Barack Obama.
“I don’t think it’s fair to paint Republicans as racist when you have two Cuban-Americans and a black guy who are running for the Republican nomination,” she argued, drawing boos from the audience.
“We’ll see who winds up running,” Maher replied.
As much as politicians annoy him, however, Maher said he was more upset with media outlets’ “horse-race” approach to covering elections, accusing them of building up storylines at the expense of honest coverage.
“We’ve been trying to solve Trump just like everybody else,” Business Week columnist Joshua Green responded. “And we report the facts and people ignore them anyway,”
“Not on TV they don’t report the facts,” the host retorted. “There was a giant story this week that totally got buried because all they do is talk about the horse race.”
Maher then mentioned the Supreme Court decision to stop Obama’s carbon emission rules, saying the headline should have read, “Supreme Court attacks Earth.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."