Bill Maher has a message for the Sean Spicers and Kellyanne Conways of the world: “If you get up everyday and try to make Donald Trump’s ludicrous and dangerous pronouncements sound normal and sane, you are an enabler.”
The biting commentary came during “New Rules” on Friday, as the Real Time host went on an all-out tirade against those who continue go on TV and defend the president.
“Twenty years from now when your kids ask you… ‘What did you do over the Trump years, Daddy?,’ you don’t want your answer to be, ‘My job was to go on TV and pretend Trump didn’t say what everybody just heard him say,'” Maher argued. “That is an enabler, and that word is not a compliment.”
Maher then went on to discuss many of Hollywood’s notorious enablers, pointing out that “Elvis had his Memphis mafia [and] Michael Jackson had a doctor who never said, ‘Gee, Mike, your nose just fell off again. Maybe cut back on the plastic surgery.'” He even went so far as to bring up disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, who Maher said “could not have pulled off 40 years of — oh, let’s call it ‘extreme dating’ — without various underlings who funneled women his way and paid them off.”
Later, Maher made an analogy using the classic film Sunset Boulevard, attempting to make a connection between “aging, unstable drama queen” Norma Desmond and Trump. He then compared Norma’s “sycophantic man servant” Max, who always kept “the real world far out of sight,” to the likes of U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, who he claims is “pretending to have intelligence that backs up what his mad boss tweeted at three in the morning,” and POTUS’ various handlers who “keep sending him to rallies where he only has to see the people who tell him he’s doing great just like it says on his hat.”
Watch Maher’s “New Rules” segment above.