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Bill Maher lambastes Republicans claiming to oppose Trump but still supporting his bills: ‘Issues are what matter’

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At the close of Friday’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher showed aerial footage of Santa Rosa, California that has recently been completely leveled by wildfires. Maher described it as being like footage from a war.

“I’m bringing that up to mention that all of these people, these Republicans who criticize Donald Trump — they vote with him on issues like this,” Maher said. “Issues are what matter here, let’s not take our eye off that ball.”

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He cited Sen. Bob Corker (R-PA), who famously called the White House an “adult day care center.” According to date compiled by FiveThirtyEight, votes with Trump 95.8 percent of the time. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who claimed that Americans were turning the nuclear codes over to “an erratic individual,” votes “with that nut” 95.8 percent of the time. Maher then cited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who said “it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues,” it turns out, votes with Trump 95.8 percent of the time. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who called Trump a pathological liar and “utterly immoral,” votes with the pathological liar only 93.9 percent of the time.

Conservative Erick Erickson tried to excuse the votes by saying that many of these come from procedural votes or committee votes but not on actual legislation, because Republicans can’t actually get anything passed.

“There truly haven’t been that many,” Republican Margaret Hoover agreed.

“But they still haven’t broken with him because they still want that tax cut,” Maher said.

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“Precisely,” Hoover said. “I think what you see in the Republican Party is two strategies. Contain and then there’s accommodation. And the accommodationists are going along with Trump for different reasons. Some of them are scared to death of the base and are afraid to actually be honest. There are some who are actually principled and think, ‘He’s the president and maybe we’ll get some good policies out of him.'”

Former advisor to President Bill Clinton, James Carville, boiled it all down to elections, saying that the only ones brave enough to speak out are those who aren’t up in 2018.

“Seventy-five to 80 percent of the Republican Party are with Trump,” he continued. “So, Bob Corker, he can say anything he wants because he’s not running for reelection. Name me somebody that comes up who has to go out and face Republican voters that do this. I mean, it’s just not going to happen!”

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Hoover cited Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who has spoken out against Trump in the past, though not as much since he’s gotten an opponent in the primary against him.

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Florida teacher suspended after boasting he’d have a 1000-student body count if he shot up his school

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A teacher at Lakeland High School in Florida has been placed under a temporary risk protection order after boasting that he could rack up a 1,000-person body count if he perpetrated a school shooting.

Keith Cook, a math teacher and a veteran, described hypothetical acts of violence to students during a lockdown drill, including how if he were a school shooter, he'd first plant IEDs around the school, start shooting, drive panicked people into the areas where he had rigged up the explosives, and then detonate them. Some students were horrified by what he described.

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If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

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