“Real Time” host Bill Maher spoke out on Friday night to slam the “defund the police” movement, which has been gaining traction among Democrats since the death of George Floyd last month.
During his opening monologue, Maher began by saying that most people aren’t even sure what “defund the police” means. “Liberals want to take police money, police funds and divert it to community services, which sounds like a very good thing, good idea,” Maher said, according to Fox News. “But they’re calling it ‘Defund the police,’ which sounds bad!”
“That’s so ‘Democrats’ for you,” he added. “You know, they must have meetings to be this f—ing stupid about politics. ‘Hey guys, we’re making some headway here, how could we turn this into something that makes people have to vote for Trump?'”
During a panel discussion later in the show, Maher doubled down by saying that the “defunding” branding was a “terrible way to put it,” pointing out that “only a third” of black Americans support the idea of defunding the police. He also referenced Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey being kicked out from a Black Lives Matter protest simply because he said he would not support abolishing the city’s police department.
“I worry that Democrats are wandering into another purity test that’s not going to serve them well,” Maher said. “And it’s going to be about how much you want to get rid of police altogether.”
Though he had words of praise for Democrats for their “very good” police reform bill, he mocked the “woke liberals” who have been outraged over leftist leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wearing Kente cloths in honor of Floyd. Comedian Larry Wilmore did not seem to like that they wore Kente materials either, describing the move as “Pander Express on the highway,” but Maher defended them by saying that they were asked to do so by the Congressional Black Caucus, adding that they “would have gotten more s—” if they refused.
“The Democrats…they’re horrible,” Maher lamented. “They put themselves in this no-win box and they did it to themselves.” We don’t often agree with Maher, but we can definitely concur with him on this: Democrats really are horrible indeed!