Comedian Bill Maher said on Friday’s episode of his HBO show Real Time that he has no problem with the country sinking into an economic recession if it is detrimental to President Trump.
“By the way, I’m hoping for it because one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession,” Maher said. “Sorry if that hurts people but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy….I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point.”
The backlash on Twitter was swift, even from some who said they also dislike the president. Many users pointed out that Maher would not be profoundly affected by a recession given his net worth of about $100 million and reported salary of $10 million.
@billmaher I understand you want to get rid of trump. So do I, We are on the same side but you don’t have to make it public that you wish the economy to crash. You are making us look bad. C’mon man
— Mel7395 (@mel7395) June 11, 2018
“One way you get rid of @realDonaldTrump is a crashing economy, so please bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or lose your democracy.”
—@billmaher, June 8, 2018, estimated net worth $100million
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) June 10, 2018
If you doubt there’s such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome, read this: https://t.co/iY9HZKGk4Z
— Brit Hume (@brithume) June 9, 2018
Bill Maher said “one way you get rid of Trump is by crashing the economy. So please, bring on the recession.”
The Left would rather see America fail, than Trump succeed. The Left gets upset when they see America succeed. Remember that.
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) June 10, 2018
I am praying for and have confidence in Pres. Trump as Korea negotiations begin. I think most Americans feel the same. Whatever happens ,the hatred of the left from DeNiro’s F—-k
Trump to Bill Maher hoping for an economic collapse in US is a new low, even for them. Disgusting.
— Gary L Bauer (@GaryLBauer) June 11, 2018
The comedian’s latest comment was his “cruelest and most ill-informed comment yet,” wrote former attorney and radio host Dean Obeidallah.
Maher has made no secret of his scorn for Trump.
“The only way that Trump survives as president is if we become not a nation of laws — in essence, a fascist dictatorship,” he said earlier this year.