Bill Maher devoted Friday’s season finale of Real Time With Bill Maher to grappling with the prospect of a Donald Trump White House, and in his opening monologue, he blasted the voters who put him there.
“The closest thing I can compare this to is it’s like a night after hard drinking, when you see who you’re waking up lying next to, and you’re like, ‘What have I done? Maybe if I pretend I’m asleep they’ll get their things and leave,’” said Maher. “Can you imagine someone who has been in a coma for the last two years, just waking up?” he posed. “ ‘Hey man, you know the guy from the Celebrity Apprentice? He’s the president now. And the Cake Boss is Pope, and Bill Cosby’s the drug czar.’”
Maher went on to criticize Trump’s positions on healthcare, the environment, and reproductive rights. “Enjoy your victory, Trump voters,” he said, “because when you’re dying because you don’t have health insurance to treat the infection you got from a back-alley abortion you had to get because of fetal lead-poisoning, you can say to yourself, ‘At least I didn’t vote for someone with a private email server.’”
The liberal comedian and political commentator noted that those celebrating Trump’s victory are mostly white voters. “White men weeping like they just won some long, hard-fought civil rights battle: ‘Move over women and gays and minorities, it’s our turn now!’”
He also dinged white women and Latinos who supported Trump and noted that a majority of voters chose Hillary Clinton. “One other little detail about the election: Hillary won!” Maher said to applause. “She won the popular vote probably by a million and a half. It just happened that there are more Trump supporters in the places where it counted. Like Moscow.”
Guests on the season finale included John Legend, former Attorney General Eric Holder, political commentator David Axelrod, political correspondent Ana Marie Cox, columnist Thomas Friedman, and comedian Trae Crowder. Watch the full episode above.
Real Time returns for its 17th season in January.