The liberal host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” tackled liberal superiority, hating on conservatives, and blind trust in the country’s medical establishment in an explosive new interview.
While speaking with AL.com, Maher said that the county is “falling apart at the seams” over the partisan divide and we need to “learn to live together again.” He suggested that the way to heal the division is to “take politics out of the discussion” on social media.
“I attract mostly a liberal crowd, but liberal is different than woke. To me, woke, if we want to use that broad term, is something that is not an extension of liberalism,” he noted.
“I constantly say it, you can hate Trump. You can’t hate all the people who like him — it’s half the country,” Maher explained. “And you can’t set yourself up as some sort of superior moral paragon, because this is your political belief, and somebody else has another one.”
“I feel like that’s the Achilles heel of the left right now,” he continued. “They identify issues mostly by what they can feel superior to another person for.”
He cited the pandemic as an example: “It doesn’t make you a better person if you’re wearing three masks or if you want 10 booster shots. But that is the subtext to all of that, I think. First of all, it’s not true. It doesn’t make you a better person.”
Maher said that “medical matters are completely debatable,” and the country’s medical establishment shouldn’t be able to tell Americans to do what they say without question.
He noted that they’ve been wrong about vaccines ending the pandemic and stopping transmission, and the current messaging that vaccines stop death is “very different” then what they were spouting a year ago.
“So don’t just stand there in your white coat saying “We have all the answers.” You don’t,” he accused. “And just to throw in with Dr. Fauci doesn’t mean you’re a morally superior person. That attitude is what annoys people, I think, mostly about the left.”
Maher said he has “always gotten along” with conservative guests on his show, despite not necessarily agreeing with them politically, and has been surprised and enlightened by them on occasion.
“But even if they don’t, they’re allowed to have their opinion if it’s different than mine,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean I have to hate them for it, and I’ve never hated them for it.”
Maher said if we don’t find a way to get along, we’re going to devolve into a civil war. “The way to get along is to understand that it’s a big country with lots of people who don’t think the way you do. I don’t know why people can’t do that.”
He concluded that “You can’t make everyone agree with you on everything. We have to stop trying.”