The Real Time host — who back in April proposed that the now-scrapped Season 11 find the Conners “being screwed” by President Donald Trump — became part of the conversation this week when Barr supporters suggested Maher should be fired for committing what they deemed to be a similar offense.
“The snowflakes on the right — and yes, there are plenty on the right, too — tried to drag me into this, saying I should be fired because I compared Trump to an orangutan,” Maher explained. “Obviously, this is another day where we have to… explain jokes to idiots.
“Here’s why that’s a dumb analogy,” he continued. “Let’s look at four key facts: 1) Trump is an orangutan; 2) White people have not been subjected to a racist trope comparing them to apes for hundreds of years; 3) My offering Trump $5 million to produce his birth certificate in 2013 to prove he was not half an ape… was itself a response to his birtherism, racist bulls—t; and 4) I’ve already been fired by ABC [via Politically Incorrect].”
As for Barr’s bigoted tweet that got Roseanne cancelled? Maher described it “abhorrent bordering on presidential.”
Maher also spoke out about fellow late-night host Samantha Bee, who on Thursday issued an apology after referring to First Daughter Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c—t” during Wednesday’s Full Frontal: “Boy was [President Trump] mad about that word,” he said. “Not ‘c—t,’ [but] ‘feckless.’ He has no idea what it means.”
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