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Bill Maher on Pamela Geller: "Kind of a loon ... I'm not a fellow traveler with her"

"Now, obviously it was a provocation. But this is America. Do we not have the right to draw whatever we want?"


Salon Staff
May 9, 2015 7:03PM (UTC)

Bill Maher and his "Real Time" panel on Friday night debated the shooting in Garland, Texas, and the controversy over PEN America's decision to give an award to Charlie Hebdo.

Maher opened the discussion by mentioning Pamela Geller, who he called "kind of a loon."

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"I'm not a fellow traveler with her, but she's the one who sponsored this Draw Mohammed cartoon contest," he said. "Now, obviously it was a provocation. But this is America. Do we not have the right to draw whatever we want?"

Later, Maher took aim at Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who was critical of the PEN award. Trudeau's statements, Maher said, "assumes we just have to accept that Muslims are unable to control themselves the way we would ask everybody else in the world. To me, that's bigotry. That's the soft bigotry of low expectations."

Other panelists included former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee, MSNBC's Alex Wagner and ESPN's Will Cain.

Watch the entire clip below:


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