Bill Maher, HBO’s longtime host of Real Time with Bill Maher, is the broken clock that’s right twice a day. While he foolishly promotes illiberal people while shouting about the fact that we need more liberality, he’s one of the few leftists who is willing to part with the left on different issues in order to call them out.
Last Friday, he absolutely did.
As the left continues to slam the entirety of the right as “insurrectionists” because of the crowd that invaded the Capitol building, Maher pointed out something very real; that a handful of people does not equal the entirety of an ideological voting bloc.
“Let’s not confuse 5,000 people with 74 million,” Maher said during his monologue. “Yes, even supporting the insurrection in spirit is, well, deplorable. But there’s a difference between holding illiberal beliefs and acting violently on them. At least that’s what they always told me about Islamic terrorism.”
“I keep wrestling on this show with the hard question of how do Americans, all of us, learn to share a country with assholes you can’t stand,” the host said. “I preach, and still do, you can hate Trump, but not all the people who like him. And as counterintuitive as it may seem, you can like something run by assholes without being one yourself.”
Maher then proceeded to reach into the rioting crowd and pulling out a name, Ashli Babbit. Instead of painting her as a lunatic insurrectionist, he actually showed sympathy for her and even a bit of respect. He pointed out that she was a war veteran and business owner who lives in a state that hates her for her skin color and makes her life as a business owner overly complicated:
“Should Ashli Babbitt have applied better logic in seeing that her real problem in life wasn’t pedophile Democrats or Antifa and that people like Elizabeth Warren were actually the ones who were at least trying to do something about predatory lending and economic exploitation? Yes. But not everyone can watch MSNBC all day. She had other priorities, like fighting overseas,” he said.
“Maybe, since all politics is local, all she knew was she lives in a state that cares more about her toxic whiteness than her toxic brokeness,” Maher added. “And that the state that is run entirely by Democrats. Yeah. They didn’t stop anyone from charging her 169% interest on a loan either.”
“It shouldn’t be that surprising that America is full of fed-up unhappy people who just want to break shit,” Maher continued. “Trump sure didn’t drain any swamps but when it comes to graft and corruption and everybody wetting his beak, California, yeah, that’s a swamp too. We can’t put up a housing unit for the homeless for less than $500,000 or build a rail line connecting the state for less than $200 million a mile.”
Maher relayed his own troubles living in California, calling it a “blue state held together entirely by red tape,” and noted that this is why people are leaving the state in droves.
Maher is an intelligent person with unintelligent positions in terms of who he supports but if you sift through his leftist rhetoric, he has some very solid points here — points that many people on the right have been trying to make for some time.
In terms of diversity, the right is likely far more diverse than the left. We contain all the same group the left does, only we also contain a great swath of ideological diversity. Some on the right believe that invading the Capitol was a good thing.
Most of us don’t.
The left attempting to paint every single person on the right as an insurrectionist is effectively the left fooling itself into believing they’ve won.
This complacency and belief that the left has won the argument for all time are going to cause them to do things that push Americans too far and before you know it, you’re going to have a lot of out-of-power Democrat politicians wondering how they lost their elections. The 2020 elections will be the victory that Democrats had to suffer as it was the victory that doomed them to a massive loss of power.
But the overall point of Maher’s is far more poignant.
The left is creating its own worst enemies. Babbitt was an Obama/Biden voter in the past. The left created a Trump supporter in Babbitt with prejudice and over-regulation. It’s a bad habit that will only create more Babbitts down the line.
The left shouldn’t get so high on itself. Its sins far outnumber those on the right and those sins are going to haunt it.