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Bill Maher Slams QAnon and Trumpism as America's Latest 'Mass Delusion'

'Please, magical religious thinking is a virus and QAnon is just its current mutation,' said Maher, HBO's late-night political satirist

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HBO’s late-night political satirist, Bill Maher, ripped into the QAnon conspiracy theory over the weekend comparing it to fundamentalist Christianity: they “go together like macaroni and cheese.”

“As long as we’re going to go to the trouble of another impeachment trial, we might as well be honest about what it’s really about,” Maher started. “The events of January 6th were a faith-based initiative.”

“And Trumpism is a Christian nationalist movement that believes Trump was literally sent from heaven to save them,” Maher claimed during the "New Rules" segment of his weekly show "Real Time."

“There’s a lot of talk now in liberal corners about how Republicans should tell their base who still believe the election was rigged that they need to grow up and move on, and stop asking the rest of us to respect their mass delusion,” Maher said, adding “And of course it is a mass delusion, but the inconvenient truth here is that if you accord religious faith the kind of exalted respect we do here in America, you’ve already lost the argument that mass delusion is bad.”

Maher continued by arguing that freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “Jewish Space Laser” conspiracy, while fun to laugh at, is not so far-fetched when you look at how the Bible claims the "end of the world" will happen.

New Rule: America's Mass Delusion | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

"All the armies of the world will gather and Jesus will come down on a flying horse, shooting swords out of his mouth and have a thousand-year cosmic-boss battle with Satan, the Beast, and the antichrist," argued Maher, noting this will happen in Megiddo, Israel - which he has visited.

"It's like 10 'Avenger' movies plus 10 'Hobbit' movies plus a night out with Johnny Depp," Maher joked.

"Please, magical religious thinking is a virus and QAnon is just its current mutation. That's why megachurches play QAnon videos,” he continued.

“It's the same basic plot. 'Q' is the prophet and Trump is the messiah. There's an apocalyptic event looming, 'The Storm.' There's a titanic struggle of good versus evil, and if you want good to win, just keep those checks coming in," Maher concluded.

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