“Real Time” host Bill Maher spoke out to blast “reckless” lockdowns and to warn that there will be violence after the November election, regardless of who wins it.
While participating in a panel discussion on Friday, Maher called the coronavirus lockdowns “reckless,” adding that they have only fueled the violent riots that have broken out all over America in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“This lockdown that we’ve been living with —do you agree with me?— that this has a lot to do with the unrest in the streets? That when you coop people up and when they have no hope and no job, that they— why not go out in the streets?” Maher asked, according to Fox News. “I wonder what America will look like, what police departments look like if they have to fight this all the time.” He continued, “I feel like this experiment, this reckless experiment in closing down an entire country for months at a time is not going to look good in the future and this is one reason why.”
MSNBC analyst Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, disagreed by saying that most Americans “saw the rationale” of staying inside to slow the spread of COVID-19. He then praised the Floyd protesters for supposedly “wearing their masks” and for showing that people are still “conscious” of the pandemic. Maher, however, was not having any of it, citing the “100,000 small businesses” that have been lost because of the lockdowns, with many of them “disproportionately” black-owned. “It’s almost about what in the long run is going to cause more death,” Maher said. “The head of the U.N. said a couple of weeks ago he expects hundreds of thousands of children to die because of what we did to the economy. I know they’re not all Americans so they don’t count as much to Americans, but I think that matters somewhat.”
Later in the conversation, Maher offered his grim prediction of what will happen in November. “Whoever wins in November —be it Trump or be it Joe— there’s gonna be blood in the streets, right?” Maher explained to the panel. “I mean, if Trump wins, I can’t imagine the kind of demonstrations we saw the last week not repeating themselves. And if he doesn’t win, we already know Trump’s statements. I can read you his statements about tough people. … ‘I have the support of the police, the military, the bikers. … I have the tough people. They don’t play it tough until they,’ meaning Democrats, ‘go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad.'” Maher added, “That sounds to me like an invitation for the tough people to get in the streets.”
We don’t always agree with Maher, but he makes some good points here. 2020 has already been a crazy year, but it looks like it’s about to get a whole lot messier.