HBO’s late-night political satirist, Bill Maher, joked Friday about the growing Constitutional crisis gripping the United States.
“I know, It’s very exciting when you have a constitutional crisis,” Maher deadpanned as the audience cheered his opening monologue to the show. “We’re so f—-ed. I’m telling you, we’re so f—ed. Today, Venezuela put us on the travel advisory. If America were a summer blockbuster it would be Democracy: Endgame. If you missed the earlier installments of this franchise…”
Maher then continued by listing off the different deadlines the Trump administration missed this week in terms of complying with Congressional requests.
Maher started with the fact that Justice Department failed to release the unredacted version of the Mueller report to Congress. “The lamer the excuse the better…they said they couldn’t get the report over there because the printer jammed,” Maher said in tones of disbelief. “Then they went to Kinko’s but a kid was doing fliers for his band.
“Then the Attorney General himself was subpoenaed by the House to appear yesterday. Blew that off,” continued Maher. “And Congress was like, ‘You know we both work for the same country, right?’ So legal experts are now saying this is a Constitutional crisis the likes of which we have not seen in three of four days. When did testifying before Congress become optional? It’s not freshman Psych. class.”
"Democrats don't seem to get it that 'It's in the rules' is not an argument that works on Donald Trump. You're playing Monopoly with a hyena," he joked.
"When it bites you and shits on the board, saying 'it's not your turn' doesn't really work," Maher continued.
“This Bill Barr is so far up Trump’s ass he bumped into Hannity. So Barr went before the Senate this week, on Wednesday, and the Democrats looked all so happy after they gave him a good grilling. But I think they missed the big picture. Trump is still President and the big gotcha was they got Barr to commit perjury, which is apparently some old-timey law about lying being wrong. Nancy Pelosi said, ‘That’s a crime and..I’m going to report it to, oh, yeah.’ See this is the problem when the guy who is supposed to be enforcing the law is the guy who’s breaking the law.”
"It's all about 'owning the libs,'" Maher explained. "You know, that's what they are out for, 'owning the libs.' And I'll tell you something: I feel owned now. You have succeeded. This week, when [Barr] said, 'You know what, I'm subpoenaed before Congress? F--- you, I'm not showing up.' You're right. And we can't do anything about it. I am owned."
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