Maher warns progressives about being too insistent about the size of the two bills being debated in Congress
Kirsten Cinema, D-Ariz., “Real Time” host Bill Maher faced “outrageous” harassment when he was chased into a restroom by Arizona State University activists earlier this month.
He also scolded progressive lawmakers, claiming they were holding a bipartisan $1.5 infrastructure bill hostage to pass a separate $3.5 trillion spending bill.
“I think it’s outrageous,” Maher reacted during a panel discussion on Friday about the intrusion on cinema. “You may not like politics, but when it starts to happen, I don’t know where the safe place is in America. And I don’t know where it ends.”
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“When it starts to be s—, I don’t know where the safe place is in America.”
Panelist Michael Render, a.k.a. rapper “Killer Mike,” said he “doesn’t feel right” taking a politician to the restroom, but urged Democrats to let them know about the bills being spent on Capitol Hill. “Need to bring something home”.
“Your base is angry with you,” Render said, warning Democrats that lawmakers weren’t acting fast enough.
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“But there’s a reason they’re not bringing anything home — they might have a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. And, by the way, $1 trillion — still for some people, a lot of money,” Maher pushed back. “It’s a lot of jobs, building bridges and roads and all kinds of things. Mike, people who are saying what you’re saying. ‘We want everything and we want it now. And if we don’t’ If you don’t get it, you don’t get anything. And sometimes when you ask for a whole loaf of bread, you get nothing!”
“Sometimes when you ask for a whole loaf of bread, you get nothing.”
“And sometimes you get more when you push for more,” Render doubled.
“Not in Washington,” Maher shot back. “Not very often in Washington.”
Washington Post reporter Robert Costa complained to Maher that while Democrats were fighting each other over the dollar amount of spending bills, “democracy is on the brink in this country” and “every single state is being tested. “
Last week, Maher defended Cinema and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.VA, for not supporting the Democrats’ multitrillion-dollar spending proposals.
“Here’s my question: Does spending more money make you a better person? Or a bigger liberal?” Maher asked. “And maybe both of these, the cinema and the munchkin… can keep their thumb more on the pulse on the average Democrat in the country.”