The host of HBO’s Real Talk with Bill Maher talk show doesn’t just think a recession is a swell idea to ensure the defeat of President Trump’s re-election bid in 2020, Bill Maher thinks it would be “very worth” it. It’s not even the first time the unhinged Trump opponent has made such a statement.
Back in June 2018, I wrote about Maher’s hope for a good old-fashioned recession. At that time he said, “I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.”
“Sorry if that hurts people.” Bill Maher and his ilk breath such rarified air that when such inane, destructive thoughts pop into their brains, there is no filter. And, his audience applauds his bad behavior. In the opening monologue, Maher refers to Trump’s campaign rallies as Nurenburg rallies, so that’s special. His guests this week are Never-Trumper political consultant Rick Wilson and journalists Betsy Woodruff and Carl Hulse. In other words, three Never-Trumpers, which is standard. What set him off this week? Maher claims that the Trump administration is evil for rolling back job-killing regulations in the Endangered Species Act.
“I’m just saying we can survive a recession,” he continued. “We’ve had 47 of them. We’ve had one every time there’s a Republican president! They don’t last forever, You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species!”
The HBO star then pointed to a U.N. report warning how many species of plants and animals are at the risk of extinction and went on to blast the Trump administration for rolling back regulations from the Nixon-era Endangered Species Act “like any evil villain would do.”
“So yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies,” Maher reiterated. “A recession would definitely knock him out of office.”
I don’t buy Maher’s concern for endangered species and I’ll bet you don’t either. It’s just this week’s excuse to justify an unhinged desire to tank the U.S. economy because it is doing so well for so many Americans. We can’t have that from a Republican president in a presidential election cycle.
He voiced his desire for a recession last week, too, so maybe this will be a weekly part of his panel discussion. It falls well within the Democrat playbook during this political cycle. Have you noticed talk of an impending recession creeping into the talking points of cable news show hosts and Democrat political operatives? The narratives are clear – Trump is a racist white supremacist and a recession is coming, therefore we must elect someone else (a Democrat) in 2020.
This is a “Let them eat cake” moment for Bill Maher. Maher is financially independent and living well within the entertainment world liberal bubble. Whether or not the United States suffers from an economic downturn doesn’t interrupt his daily life, his level of comfort. He’ll be just fine and his life will go on. Recessions have a different outcome for the rest of America.
Recessions mean job loss, family destruction, mental health issues, and economic devastation for the rest of America. How incredibly myopic and selfish does a person have to be to wish economic and emotional suffering on his fellow countrymen simply to appease his own political wishes? Bill Maher takes the term “snowflake” to a whole new level.
There is a bit of panic creeping into the Democrats’ consciousness. A recent Zogby poll shows that Democrat primary voters are not loving their choices this cycle and this benefits Trump’s re-election chances. Zogby, by the way, is a liberal Democrat so his polls skew that way, as a rule.
President Trump’s job approval has continued to rise the last few months. We previously saw a post Mueller report bounce and a strong economy has definitely helped him. But that’s not the complete story as to why the president has reached a peak in his job approval rating. It’s true Trump is riding high on positive economic news-a record high stock market, low unemployment, and solid GDP growth at home. It’s also very plausible he is benefiting from poor performances by the Democratic presidential candidates who have continued to move very far to the left with their policies. The Democrats have floated nationalizing healthcare, strict gun control, “The Green New Deal”, and raising taxes, all which are very unpopular in polling on a national level and in key battleground states.
Overall, a slim majority (51%–27% strongly and 24% somewhat approve) of likely voters approve of Trump’s job as president, while 47% disapprove-37% strongly and 10% somewhat disapprove; only 2% were not sure.
Zogby polling shows approval is up among younger voters and an alarm is sounded because Trump’s support is up with Hispanic voters and African-American voters, too.
Usually, Trump does best with voters over 50, but in our latest poll, he is receiving solid support from voters under 50–a majority of Generation X voters aged 30-49 approved of Trump’s job as president (51% approve/49% disapprove).
Race also played a factor in Trump’s job approval rating. Hispanics, this time around, were much more likely to approve of his job performance (49% approve/51% disapprove), while the president also saw his numbers jump with African Americans. This was his second straight poll with over a quarter support from African Americans (28% approve/70% disapprove). If Trump wins half of Hispanics and a quarter of African Americans in 2020, Democrats will be in trouble!
So, if support is up with younger voters, Hispanic voters, and African-American voters in a Zogby poll, you can rest assured that other polls are showing the same results. This has to be pushing the panic button on every Democrat campaign out there right now. Their preferred narrative to paint Trump as a racist white supremacist – Joe Biden said the Charlottesville rally was the whole reason he decided to jump into the primary race, you know – isn’t doing the job so now they must push the narrative that a recession is just around the corner. Look for more of this rooting for a recession coming from Democrat candidates on the campaign trail as the election cycle progresses.