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Bill Maher slammed ‘this level of hate’ Americans have for each other, slamming idea of secession


Real Time host Bill Maher slammed the ‘level of hate’ Americans have for each other, saying he believes in a ‘colorblind’ society and criticized the idea of secession.

Maher pulled a quote from Pennsylvania Republican representative Scott Perry who told people to ‘go fight’ Democrats, who he claimed are the ‘opposite of everything you believe in.’ He was referring to the Build Back Better infrastructure bill in Congress and the political divide.  

‘I read this not because it’s remarkable, but it’s typical,’ the liberal Real Time host said regarding Perry’s quote on Friday’s show. ‘This is the rhetoric – we never used to do this in America. Yes, the parties were at each other’s throats, but they never said they’re the opposition of everything you love and believe in.’ 

Maher, 65, suggested the long-term strategy was to stop the hate. ‘We have to stop this level of hate,’ he said, and questioned: ‘Why do they [Republicans] hate us [Democrats]?’  

Second panelist and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, 61, blamed former President Donald Trump for creating a divide that taught that the ‘reason why people were suffering was because of the people that don’t look like them’ 

HBO Real Time host Bill Maher, 65, slammed the ‘level of hate’ Americans have for each other and said he’s an ‘old-school liberal’ who believes in a ‘colorblind society’ Maher said on Friday: ‘I’m an old-school liberal. I believe in a colorblind society. That’s not where the woke is, okay? There’s a lot of re-segregation going on. There’s a lot of: “You’re either a racist or you don’t know you’re a racist.” So yes, there’s some “we” on the other side too’

‘It’s not so much when people have nothing that they feel like a revolution, it’s when they have something they’re worried about losing,’ Schiff said.  

Panelist and KBLA talk show host Tavis Smiley, 57, Smiley agreed, saying, ‘People are determined to win by any means necessary. That’s the answer.’ 

During a panel discussion, Maher said he doesn’t think ‘we are being led in the right direction by either side.’ 

He compared it to ‘prison’ and said ‘it’s troubling’ when people say they don’t trust each other.

‘It’s troubling as an omen of things to come when we divide this way. Oh, “I don’t trust any black people. I don’t trust any white people.” It’s like prison,’ Maher said. 

He said that American is being led in that direction and it’s not the ‘right direction.’ 

But Smiley questioned Maher, asking ‘When you say “we” are you talking about? Black folk and brown people ain’t doing nothing to the larger white community,’ he said, suggesting white ignorance was the problem. 

Maher clarified he didn’t mean ‘we’ from a racial standpoint, but as in ‘we the country.’  

Smiley persisted, telling the HBO host: ‘But who’s the “we?” Some of us are not engaged in that nonsense or activity.’ 

Maher described himself as an ‘old-school liberal’ who believes in a ‘colorblind society,’ but said that’s not where the ‘woke’ are. 

The Real Time host pulled a MSNBC headline up that read: Glenn Youngkin proves white ignorance is a powerful weapon. 

‘There’s a lot of re-segregation going on. There’s a lot of: “You’re either a racist or you don’t know you’re a racist.” So yes, there’s some “we” on the other side too,’ he clarified. 

Panelist Tavis Smiley, 57, disagreed with Maher, stating: 'But who's the "we?" Some of us are not engaged in that nonsense or activity'

Panelist Tavis Smiley, 57, disagreed with Maher, stating: ‘But who’s the “we?” Some of us are not engaged in that nonsense or activity’ 

Second panelist Congressman and author Adam Schiff, 61, said that people don't revolutionize when then think they have nothing but when 'have something they're worried about losing'

Second panelist Congressman and author Adam Schiff, 61, said that people don’t revolutionize when then think they have nothing but when ‘have something they’re worried about losing’

Last week, Maher told Vanderbilt University professor Michael Dyson that schools were ‘separating children by race’ and said ‘children are coming home who feel traumatized by this.’

Dyson fired back that it’s ‘not critical race theory, it’s the notion of centering black people as historical agents’ and there are ‘stories on both sides.’ 

Maher, who has been vocal about his position on critical race theory and the presidential election, also discussed January 5, 2025, where he said he was ‘concerned’ Donald Trump would be reelected. 

He worried that he was ‘concerned’ about the ‘past as it affects the future’ and that there’s a ‘purge going on behind the scenes.’ 

He predicted the Democrats will lose more seats in 2022 and that former President Donald Trump will run for reelection. 

‘I think Trump is gonna declare for office. I think he’s going to get the nomination. I think the rallies are going to start, people are going to be- It’s going to get very violent out there,’ Maher told panelists Smiley and Schiff. 

The panel also talked about the next presidential election, with Maher saying he thinks Trump will run again. Schiff (right) agreed and said it was potent the Democrats don't 'lose the House'

The panel also talked about the next presidential election, with Maher saying he thinks Trump will run again. Schiff (right) agreed and said it was potent the Democrats don’t ‘lose the House’ 

The liberal predicted, regardless of the votes, the former president would say he won. 

‘So next time he calls [Republicans] up for a few votes, they’re going to ask: “how many?” He’s going to have his stooges in place.’ 

Maher was referring to what he called the ‘purge’ where Trump was ‘replacing’ the people who disagree with him.  

Schiff agreed, saying: ‘If he couldn’t find the 11,000 votes in Georgia, he couldn’t find a corrupt elections official to give him those votes, he’s determined that next time to have someone in that position who will.’ 

Schiff also said it was important that liberals don’t ‘lose the House.’ 

‘If Kevin McCarthy had been the speaker in 2020, if we had lost a few more seats in the 2020 election in the House, he would have overturned the result in the House,’ he said.

‘He will do whatever Donald Trump tells him to do. Someone like that can never be allowed to go near the Speaker’s office.’  



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