Bill Maher attacks liberals for “hating” on Trump meeting with North Korea

Maher attacked liberals for criticizing the impending meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump

By Nicole Karlis

Senior Writer

Published March 10, 2018 6:05AM (EST)

On Friday night, Bill Maher attacked liberals during his opening monologue on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Indeed, he criticized the skeptical tone that many leftists had following the news that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a personal meeting. Maher said he was actually “happy” because of the news.

“I know why I’m happy: because Kim Jong Un of North Korea yesterday told South Korea that he’s willing to meet with the leader of the United States. Fat man and little boy are gonna have a date,” he said.

Then he bashed liberals with a polite “f**k you.”

“All these liberals who are reflexively hating on this, A) Obama—remember him?—proposed the exact same thing in 2008 and they loved it, and B) you know, f**k you, you don’t live on the West Coast where a nuke can get here faster than an Uber from North Korea,” Maher said.

He continued to defend Trump, suggesting that their impending meeting — which is supposed to happen by May 2018 — just might work to achieve denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Maher continued:

“I mean, what is this bullshit? ‘No president has ever done this.’ Yeah, and they all failed! So I’m going to file this one under, ‘So crazy it just might work.’ This could be the one thing that Trump, honestly, is uniquely qualified to pull off, because Kim and him, Rocket Man and Rain Man, are mirror images. In a weird way, they respect and like each other. Trump said he’s a ‘smart cookie.’ They have the same interests: flattery, celebrity, tyranny. They both have daddy issues, and overeating issues, and problematic family members, and inexplicable hair.”

He didn’t stop there.

“Another stupid argument I heard on TV last night: ‘Well, we’ll just be giving Kim the respect he and his family have always craved.’ So what? So what if it works?! My old pot dealer used to hang out with me because I’m a celebrity and I still got free weed," he exclaimed.

“And you know what, if you hate Trump so much — I do — this may not even be happening because of Donald Trump. It could be his tough talk, it could be because of the sanctions, it could have been because of the Olympics. Who knows what is in Kim Jong Un’s mind? It could be because 'Shape of Water' won best picture and he thought, Well, if you can f**k a fish you can negotiate with a whale.”

While Maher pointed out that no president has been successful, he didn’t address all the times in which North Korea broke their promises.

As Alex Bell, the Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, told Salon it was wise to be cautious following the news.

“There’s not a lot of reason to trust the North Koreans based on our previous experiences with them,” Bell told Salon.

You can watch Maher's entire monologue below:

By Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a senior writer at Salon, specializing in health and science. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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