HBO’s late-night political satirist Bill Maher returned from his winter break on Friday night with a very special guest and a dire warning for Americans.
His first guest was none other than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who formally sent articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate last week - kicking off a historic trial that will determine whether or not to remove President Trump from office.
“Well, he gave us no choice. The president was literally self-impeaching every single day,” Pelosi told Maher, adding, “If the president was listening, I’d want him to know that he is impeached forever.”
Pelosi was responding to Trump’s own rhetoric suggesting that the articles of impeachment against him should simply be dismissed as the impeachment is as he says “a hoax.”
“No matter what the Senate does, it can never be erased,” said Pelosi.
Maher, while fully embracing Trump’s impeachment offered an argument for reconciliation in the country, “You can hate Trump, but you can’t hate [his followers], that way lies civil war.”
“This is it, this is the year, this is 2020,” Maher continued. “This is where it has to happen, where we have to desperately get rid of this man. He needs to be removed. There’s only three ways he goes: impeachment, election or fried chicken. And I don’t have faith in the first or the third.”
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Maher went on to joke about Trump’s impeachment team, “Yes, that Ken Starr. The guy for whom the blowjob was too much, he’s defending this impeachment guy.”He continued, “And also Alan Dershowitz, who’s defended Weinstein, O.J., and now Trump. Wow. Think about that. Weinstein, Trump and O.J.: flabby, grabby and stabby.”