This week Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came up with what he thought was a genius idea to have all Muslims entered into a database. The only trouble is this sounded a lot like what Hitler did. Even his own opponents thought he'd gone too far.
Friday night on the last "Real Time" of the year, Maher blasted Trump for ginning up fear post-Paris which has resulted in a bump in his polls. Leave it to Islamophobia to bring the GOP voters together around someone.
"He floated the idea of closing down mosques, but he’s going to do it his way: he’s going to buy them, turn them into casinos, and then slide them into bankruptcy," Maher said. "He’s kind of walking this back, but he was talking about this yesterday—setting up different places across the country for every Muslim to register so they can be tracked. This is going to take a lot of manpower! It sounds like we’re going to have to hire Mexicans!"
Maher went on to say that the GOP candidates are "tripping over each other" attempting to look tough and presidential over the Syrian refugee issue. But then he criticized "the values" of these Muslim Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS for peaceful sanctuary:
"Fifty-six percent of Americans believe that the Syrian refugees' ... values are at odds with our values. That may not be wrong," Maher claimed. "If you are in this religion, you probably do have values that are at odds. This is what liberals do not want to recognize. You may be from a country—as there are many, many Muslim countries—that either have Sharia law or want Sharia law. Those values are not our values."
Maher then quoted UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in a speech this summer, "Let’s not forget our strongest weapon: our own liberal values. We should expose their extremism for what it is – a belief system that glorifies violence and subjugates its people – not least Muslim people."
Maher said that Cameron discussed forced marriages, female genital mutilation and Britain's 11,000 cases of honor-based violence. "I’m not saying this is going to happen in America, but this idea that somehow we do share values, that all religions are alike, is bullshit. And we need to call it bullshit."
At one point, Maher's liberal panelists accused him of "demonizing" Muslim people. "I’m not demonizing," he said. "I’m just reporting! We’re saying the ideas need to be changed."
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