“Maybe you shouldn’t stay that about a 17-year-old, but again, he is in the arena. And then he calls for a boycott of her sponsors. Now, really, is that American?” Maher asked.

“Effectively, it is the modern way of cutting off free speech,” Maher said.

The HBO host said while Ingraham is a “deliberately terrible person” who has a history of saying “horrible things,” she shouldn’t be a victim of a boycott. Maher faced heat from his panel, notably disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who said it is free speech for the Parkland teens to call for a boycott. Maher, who has been a victim of boycotts himself, called it a “chilling atmosphere.”