Bill Maher mocks moderate Democrat Joe Manchin as ‘the most powerful Republican in the Senate’

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Bill Maher, winner of the First Amendment Award, speaks to the crowd at the 26th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on September 28, 2016.

  • Maher took a dig at Joe Manchin, calling the Democrat “the most powerful Republican in the Senate.”
  • With a razor-thin Democratic Senate majority, Manchin’s vote can make or break the legislation.
  • Manchin continues to support the filibuster, arguing that senators should push for bipartisanship.
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HBO’s Bill Maher took a dig at moderate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Friday, calling him “the most powerful Republican in the Senate.”

On “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the comedian and commentator mentioned that President Joe Biden would have his first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II to cap off the G7 summit on Sunday while including criticism of Manchin.

“Biden is gonna go to Windsor Castle to meet with the Queen, newly widowed Queen,” Maher said. “He was going to express his condolences for her losing Prince Philip, and she’s going to express her condolences for Joe losing Joe Manchin.”

He added: “This Joe Manchin. Boy, have you been reading about him? For a Democrat, he is the most powerful Republican in the Senate.”

Manchin, who represents one of the most conservative states in the US, has emerged as a pivotal figure in the party due to the current 50-50 partisan split in the Senate between Democrats and Republicans.

With Biden in the White House and Democrats in control of the House, Manchin’s vote has outsized influence over major legislation, as well as Cabinet appointments and judicial nominees.

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Last week, Manchin announced his opposition to the For the People Act, the sweeping voting-rights bill, severely imperiling one of his party’s most important legislative priorities.

In declaring his opposition to the bill, Manchin defied Democratic pleas for federal action on voting rights, which the party says is needed to counter the raft of restrictive voting laws championed by the GOP at the state level.

Manchin also continues to support the legislative filibuster, which creates a 60-vote threshold to proceed to a final vote with major legislation.

Last week, progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York called Manchin “the new Mitch McConnell,” in a blunt comparison to the GOP Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky who is widely loathed among the Democratic base.

Maher proceeded to blast Manchin, arguing that the senator has “blocked every big thing the Democrats want to do.”

While Manchin has been a wild card on some of the larger bills, he overwhelmingly supported Biden’s Cabinet picks and backed the Democratic-led $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that was signed into law in March.

The senator has also been open to a range of different proposals regarding Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill but has not indicated what would prompt him to support another bill that doesn’t receive some sort of GOP support.

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Bill Maher slams celebrities Jenner, McConaughey as having ‘malignant narcissism’ for seeking jump into politics

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The HBO host Bill Maher.

  • HBO host Bill Maher on Friday blasted celebrities who seek to run for political office.
  • Maher said that Trump’s four years in office should be a “cautionary tale” for celebrities.
  • Maher said that celebrities are misguided in thinking that they can overcome partisanship.
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HBO host Bill Maher on Friday blasted celebrities who seek to run for political office, calling out actors and reality stars including Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for having “malignant narcissism.”

On “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher was deeply critical of high-profile individuals assuming they have the qualifications to manage a state or the entire country.

“Someone must explain why celebrities running for office is a recurring nightmare we cannot seem to shake,” he said. “The Rock, Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Randy Quaid. They all have suggested lately that when it comes to running the country, they have what it takes. And they do: malignant narcissism.”

Johnson has long flirted with a potential presidential bid, while Jenner has already announced that she would challenge Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California as a Republican. Last month, Quaid said he was also “seriously considering” a run for California governor, while McConaughey has talked up running for Texas governor.

“Matthew McConaughey is I’m sure a lovely person, but when he says he says he’s considering a run for governor in Texas, I must say that’s not alright, alright, alright,” Maher said, referring to the actor’s memorable line from the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.”

Maher contended that former President Donald Trump’s single term in office should be a “cautionary tale” for celebrities who don’t have the sufficient experience for positions like governor or president.

“The last four years was a warning, not an inspiration,” he said. “You were supposed to see that and think, ‘I guess high-level government jobs should go to people who have trained for it and know what they’re doing.'”

Maher also gave a blunt assessment of Jenner’s candidacy.

“I’m sure Caitlyn Jenner is a nice person, but as California governor, she would be in charge of the nation’s fifth-largest economy based on her qualifications of being a background character in a reality show not about her,” he said, alluding to the long-running reality television series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

He continued: “Governing is a difficult, nuanced job with people’s lives and livelihoods at stake. Perhaps you’ve noticed that things in America have been a little different these last five months. That’s because there are people back in charge who spent their formative years not on a sound stage, but studying the stuff you need to know to be effective on the world stage.”

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Delivering his final opinions on the issue, Maher said that celebrities are misguided in thinking that they can overcome the partisan divide prevalent in the US.

“Let me put it bluntly to you and all of these would-be showbiz candidates,” he said. “You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, and, doggone it, it completely doesn’t matter that people like you. They like you now because you’re an entertainer and thus largely uncontroversial. Governing is the opposite. If you think you can unite the country, you’re delusional.”

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MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough says there’s ‘no doubt’ that the GOP is ‘unsavable’

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“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.

  • Joe Scarborough said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that the Republican Party was “unsavable.”
  • Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Republican, now identifies as an independent.
  • “What issues does this guy share with conservatives?” Scarborough said of former President Trump.
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In 1994, Joe Scarborough was elected to Congress as part of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican revolution, which saw the party make sweeping gains across the country.

During a Friday appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the conservative-turned-independent MSNBC host of “Morning Joe” rebuked the party that he called home for decades.

Maher was blunt when questioning Scarborough about his political metamorphosis.

“Honestly, tell me about this,” Maher asked. “You’re an independent now. So, what does that say? To me, it says that you think the Republican Party is unsavable.”

Scarborough, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, basically agreed with Maher.

“Unsavable – no doubt about it,” replied Scarborough. “It can’t be saved.”

“I used to get attacked by liberals because I was a conservative; now, I’m getting attacked by people who voted for a fascist because I’m a conservative,” he said of Trump. “You know, my friends and my family members, they all voted for him, and it’s been hard for me to process it.”

He added: “The only way I’ve been able to come to terms with it is they’re not fascists, but they voted for an ignorant man who is a fascist. I don’t understand why.”

Scarborough then questioned the motivations of voters who continue to express support for the former president.

“I’ve seen focus groups over the past couple of days of Trump voters who still would support him,” he said. “Who say things like, ‘I like Donald Trump because of where he stands.’ I can’t even say it with a straight face – ‘on the issues.’ Now you tell me, what the f— does that mean? What issues? What issues does this guy share with conservatives?”

He added: “He undercut all of the allies that [former President Ronald] Reagan championed. He embraced Russia.”

Scarborough then lit into Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, calling both men “seditionists” for what he said was their role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Hawley and Cruz sought to challenge the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, which was heavily criticized after insurrectionists breached the Capitol and five people were killed.

“Cruz and Hawley are seditionists,” he argued. “They should be in jail. You can look at the federal statute for inciting sedition, and it seems to me it’s what they did.”

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