Bill Maher, host of HBO’s late-night political satire program “Real Time,” cautioned against the political danger of Democrats continuing to label the Trump administration’s detention facilities for immigrants “concentration camps.”
"If you want to run a campaign based on reparations and concentration camps then it's going to be very hard to win the election. I'm not saying you can't do it but it would be very hard to argue that this is helping," Maher argued on Friday's show.
Maher explained the recent newscycle, in which several prominent Democrats defended accusing Trump of setting up “concentration camps.”
“ There was a headline in the 'L.A. Times' about a week ago that said let's call the detention centers what they are, concentration camps. Then AOC came out and said that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps and even invoked the term 'Never Again,'” Maher summarized, referring to Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Maher continued to argue that while Trump’s detention facilities are “horrible place” they are different from “concentration camps.”
Columnist and activist Dan Savage defended the term, “Andrea Pitzer, who wrote the history of concentration camps, 'One Long Night,' a mass detention people, often political prisoners or persecuted minority groups without trials.:
Maher shot back, “No, actually, they do get a trial it just is delayed, we wish it would [not] take longer, but they are there to get a trial and they do often get a trial.”
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He continued, “Come on. When we think of concentration camps, I don't know what you think, I think of mass graves. I think of experimenting on human people.”
Savage continued, arguing that Trump’s camps are a first step toward Nazi-style camps, adding, “We're on the road to fascism.”
Maher concluded, “Wow and people call me an alarmist....”