For those of us who desperately pleaded and begged with hardened leftists to drop their moral purity and get behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, Bill Maher’s savage rant at the end of his show last night was a bitter sweet moment.
Maher tore into liberals who incessantly claimed Clinton was “the lesser of two evils”, demanding they answer the same question now that Trump has had over 100 days in office. “This isn’t about reliving the last election or my great love for Clinton, which never was, but this is about winning the next election,” said Maher.
“And that begins with learning the difference between an imperfect friend and a deadly enemy.”
This was a message writers like myself and everyone here at the Banter tried (and obviously) failed to convey on a daily basis leading up to November of last year — a message that seemed so blindingly obvious that only rigid ideologues rejected it.
“If Hillary was president now, would we be turning the clock back on the one issue on which there is no more time: climate change?” Maher asked. “Would we have to wonder if our president’s fascination with dictators is foreshadowing a coup here? Would we ever have to wonder if she was Putin’s bitch? And instead of trying to kick millions off health care to pay tax cuts for herself, she would be trying to raise her own taxes to get more people covered. She wouldn’t be complaining, ‘It’s complicated! Who knew?’” he went on.
Most pointedly, Maher brought up the Supreme Court — a branch of the federal government soon to be dominated by the extreme right.
“Just wait until the 5 to 4 decisions start rolling in, gutting unions, making it harder for minorities to vote, siding with polluters, overturning abortion rights,” said Maher. “Then maybe you’ll join me in saying to the liberal purists, go fuck yourselves with a locally grown organic cucumber.”
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.