NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Bill Maher, host of “Real Time,” claimed that Republicans would “secretly adore it” if former President Trump were imprisoned for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6 when he returned from his summer vacation on Friday.
Maher praised the House Select Committee hearings on January 6 as “quite spectacular” and shot down GOP critics who claim they are all political because “all the individuals who are witnesses and prosecuting it are Republicans!” Maher then introduced the panel.
But Maher asserted that the GOP would eventually change its mind about the “important decision” of whether Attorney General Merrick Garland should charge the former president.
Let me ask you this What if they did this and won the case- because if you guys bring this, you’ve got to win the case. He’s in jail. My theory: the Republicans would secretly love it, Maher said. “I get the argument why not to because they’re going to be crying their MAGA tears if their boy is in jail. “I think they would f—-ing love it because he’s out of the way—not our fault, like our country secretly enjoyed it when Israel would bomb Iraq- or Iran-,” the speaker said.
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Republicans who secretly say they “can’t bear the guy” and wish he would go said there is “something to it,” according to Politico’s White House editor Sam Stein, adding that “they wouldn’t be utterly upset.”
Maher yelled, “They can pretend they’re being persecuted, which I think they do more than anyone, and in the meantime, it’d be like when he’s off Twitter!
DESANTIS WOULD BE WAY BETTER THAN TRUMP, SAYS BILL MAHER: “HE’S NOT CERTAINLY INSANE.”
The Jan. 6 Committee is “setting out the case” and “showing the blueprint,” the HBO star said, adding that the DOJ will “had to” charge Trump because Congress cannot do otherwise.
He then cited Garland’s recent remarks to NBC News in which he stated that the DOJ would prosecute “everyone who is criminally liable.”
“I think it would be fairly easy to prove in court—obstructing a joint session of Congress,” Maher remarked. “Of course, if you have a Trump supporter on the jury, that will be an issue, but you have to try,” the speaker said.
John McWhorter, an associate professor at Columbia University, expressed his pessimism that Trump would “still have the same amount of admirers” even if he were to go to jail.
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A more upbeat Maher disagreed, claiming that the hearings on January 6 had enough of an effect on the election. Citing “6 percent” of GOP voters and “more than that of independents,” he said that this “may be enough” to change the outcome.
When you put those two factors together, an election is won, according to Maher.
A month ago, Maher made the argument that Trump would have been in a far better political position in a rematch with President Biden if he hadn’t become so preoccupied with the outcome of the 2020 election.