Comedian and TV host Bill Maher on Friday said he “really” wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President Trump’s chances of winning reelection.
While having a discussion with panelists on his show including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), Maher said that the U.S. could “survive” another recession but warned it would not withstand a second term of a Trump presidency.
The comments began with commentator Tom Nichols remarking about Trump’s trade policies, saying “I’m not wishing for a recession, but if the farmers want to keep touching the hot stove…”
“Well, you should be,” Maher interjected. “Because that will definitely get him unelected,” Maher added.
“But Bill, you don’t really want a recession,” shot back Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s former White House communications director and a now occasional critic of the administration.
“I really do. We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term,” Maher responded.
Maher also created some controversy when he addressed Fox News host Sean Hannity in the clip after Maher said he hoped for a recession, telling the Fox News host that he had no power to actually cause one.
“Sean, if you’re watching, I’m not a genie. I can’t make it happen,” Maher said. “I’m just wishing it. If it happens, it will be because of your lord and savior, Donald J. Trump.”
Maher made similar comments last June on his show, at the time saying “bring on the recession” to get rid of the president.
“Sorry if that hurts people but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy,” he said last year.
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