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.