Bill Maher Blasts the Anti-Free-Speech Fining of Jack Del Rio, Compares It to 'Pee'

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Bill Maher continues to prove he isn’t keeping up with the Democrats.

On HBO’s Real Time Friday, the host addressed a recent controversy surrounding Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.


As you may know, Jack recently asked why the same scrutiny given to January 6th’s chaos at the Capitol wasn’t applied to 2020’s near-yearlong riots.

When pressed by media to defend his tweet to that effect, Jack offered the following:

“Why are we not looking into those things if we’re going to talk about it? … Because it’s kind of hard for me to say. I can realistically look at it. I see the images on the TV — people’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem. And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol — nothing burned down. And we’re not going to talk about, we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think [it’s] kind of two standards. And if we apply the same standard and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion. … Let’s have a discussion. We’re Americans. Let’s talk it through.”

“I’m just expressing myself,” Jack explained. “And I think we all, as Americans, have the right to express ourselves.”

As it turns out, he was wrong — at least so far as Commanders head coach Ron Rivera was concerned.

From NBC News on June 10th:

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera on Friday fined his defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio, $100,000 for calling the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol a “dust-up” and referring to the racial justice protests of 2020 as a “summer of riots.”


Ron released a statement calling the Capitol situation “domestic terrorism” and 2020’s goings-on “peaceful protests.”

Ron made clear the Commanders would “not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on January 6 who sought to topple our government.”

Bill Maher, it seems, won’t tolerate Ron’s intolerance.

Friday night, Bill was quite the commander himself:

“Now, this is a very common view that [Jack Del Rio] has. … I think I could…convince him there are really important differences between those two things, and actually, the attack on the Capitol was worse. Nevertheless, he has a right to be wrong. In America, you have the right to be wrong.”

“They fined him,” Bill marveled. “The team fined him $100,000 for this opinion. Fining people for an opinion — I am not down with that.”

Bill referenced Coach Don’s acknowledgment that Jack had a right to free expression. “Apparently not,” Bill replied.

“You know what? This is the ‘Don’t pee on my shoe and tell me it’s raining (thing). What the [heck] are you talking about? He doesn’t have a right to an opinion. And it’s obviously not his right to do so. So…say you’re against free speech, but don’t tell me this.”


[Language Warning]:

Bill continues his move to the Right. Or, perhaps, the Left continues its move away from Bill. By modern standards, he’s three-quarters conservative whether he likes it or not:

Bill Maher Torches California for Its Regulation, Even Where the Golden State’s Sun Doesn’t Shine

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Bill Maher Mocks Twitter for Its Meltdown Over Elon: ‘You Failed’

Bill Maher Nails the Left Again, This Time on Toxic Masculinity

It’s Finally Happened: A Call Rings Out for Bill Maher to Be Fired

As for that last headline, there’s a cost for speaking your mind. For Jack Del Rio, it was $100,000.

Will a calamitous cost catch up to Bill? That remains to be seen. But on the Left side of the aisle, free speech certainly isn’t what it used to be…




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