Bill Maher Gives ‘Real Time’ View of Biden, Midterms and Fan Fiction – Deadline
Bill Maher thinks Joe Biden is currently doing a good job. But he also cautioned against fan fiction as history, perhaps offering a contradiction that only he understands.
Maher started on Real time strong night with a one-on-one with country singer Trace Adkins, who also stars in the new Fox TV series Monarch with Susan Sarandon. Adkins sat down and said that Maher sometimes tells a funny joke. Maher jumped up. “We’re inside, you can take the hat off,” he said, followed by “Oh, is that shit on your shoes?”
But it was all fun. Adkins is well known as a conservative, which allows him to stay away from political discussions with the ultra-liberal Sarandon to keep the peace. “We did our job and stayed away from everything else,” Adkins said, which Maher saw as a formula the rest of America should embrace.
Maher couldn’t resist a quick pickaxe attempt, asking Adkins who won the last presidential election. “Joe Biden,” admitted the singer. “What did you expect me to tell you?”
Adkins is sober now, but remembers how, back when people forced him to drink at parties, he noted that he would try to sleep with half the coin and fight the other half, and it didn’t. didn’t matter. which line you entered.
That composure is why Adkins said he’s not worried about backlash on one of his new songs, “If I Was a Woman,” a song written with Blake Shelton that puts the emphasis on traditional gender roles. “I’m not worried about that at all,” admitted Adkins.
The roundtable brought together the founding partner and correspondent in Washington to Puck Julia Ioffe and Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
They first turned to a subject familiar to Maher, the explosion of opinions in the country. “I’m afraid the evidence of the last two years is that it’s more like the 1850s,” Meacham said. “We disagree on the understanding of reality itself,” calling it an “all-out culture war.” At the root of the problem, “not enough people are willing to sacrifice,” he said.
Ioffe said Americans are not immune to the basic human need for strongman leaders with simple explanations, saying frequent statements about January 6e that “it’s not who we are” was rubbish.
Maher appeared to stun his guests when he asked what would happen to ex-President Donald Trump’s legal troubles after the midterms. There was a long silence.
If “election deniers” win seats in Congress, Meacham said, “It’s the beginning of the end of the constitutional order. He predicted it would lead to “civic chaos”.
Maher filled the void, saying Attorney General Merrick Garland would do something because “Trump is guilty.”
Ioffe was sympathetic to this notion, saying, “European countries charge all the time.”
The conversation then turned to Ukraine, where Maher sang that Biden was doing a great job because he “had been around the block” and was patient.
Meacham agreed. “I believe that if you support American democracy, you support this president.”
Ioffe wasn’t quite ready to give credit, noting “it’s still a bit too early.” But she admitted, “Biden has done an amazing job on Ukraine.”
Finally, Maher’s “New Rules” op-ed noted the rise of “presentism”, where everyone in the past is judged by the standards of the present.
History books aren’t meant to be fan fiction, Maher said. But presentism is like getting angry with yourself for not knowing at 10 what you know now.
He then launched into a rant that “everyone had slaves, including people of color and Sumerians through R. Kelly. “Slave comes from slave,” he said, “and slaves were as white as the Hallmark Channel.”
“I’ve said it before, humans are not good people,” he added. “The capacity for cruelty is a human thing, not a white thing, even if it’s not part of the current narrative.”
Maher also called the school system in Portland, where they plan to teach that the concept of gender was brought here by white settlers. “Even Star Trek wouldn’t try this story.”