Bill Maher celebrates Trump's worst week yet: "This was just the Stormy Daniels appetizer"

Maher joked "Orange Tuesday" was the day the court confirmed that "the president is an actual treasonous crook"

By Sophia Tesfaye
Published August 25, 2018 8:36AM (EDT)
 (Youtube/Real Time with Bill Maher)
(Youtube/Real Time with Bill Maher)

On Friday’s episode of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher could barely contain his delight as he ticked through the list of former allies of Donald Trump who were reported to be cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating Donald Trump, and picked apart this week’s conviction of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on eight charges and the guilty plea of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

“It finally confirmed what a lot of us have been thinking for a long time: I’m not crazy, the president actually is a treasonous crook,” Maher joked. “You’ve heard of Black Friday? This week we had Orange Tuesday. They are rolling up the members of the Trump crime family”

He then exclaimed: "This isn't even the main course — which is Russia— this was just the Stormy Daniels appetizer!"

Moving on to the wider world of Republican corruption in Congress, Maher noted that the first two sitting members of the House of Representatives to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy were both recently indicted for federal financial crimes. Reps. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., have been respectively indicted for alleged insider trading and campaign finance violations.

“So many Republicans going to jail, who’s going to be left to lock up Hillary?” Maher asked. “If they lock up any more white Republicans the white NFL players are going to start taking a knee.”

Calling the president “a drug dog for white victimization,” Maher noted that Trump attempted to distract from his worst week of news in office by relying on racial divisive conspiracy theories propagated by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.  

Trump “could go to the deepest reaches of outer space and say ‘why aren’t there any white holes? 

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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