• Bill Maher to MSNBC: If You Hate Trump, Stop Covering Him So Much

    HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher asked on Tuesday’s broadcast of Hardball why MSNBC covers GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “brain fart”  speeches “like he’s Churchill.”

    The segment began when host Chris Matthews asked Maher about the massive crowds Trump attracts.

    “We have to look a little bit in mirror on this one, Chris. Your network covered it, from beginning end to last night,” Maher said. “Why? Why are you doing that? Why cover it like he’s Churchill giving an important speech? I mean, have you listened to these speeches? Trump is always saying other countries are laughing at us. This is why they’re laughing at us, because of what he says, and how we are taking it seriously.”

    He criticized about Trump for constantly off the cuff during his rallies.

    “He talks about how we shouldn’t have teleprompters–please, let’s bring back Teleprompters, because these are just the brain farts, the stream of conscious ramblings of a guy who obviously has, over the course of his life, breathed in too much construction debris,” Maher said. “It just goes from one bragging point to something else he thought of on the spur of moment–it’s not even a speech.”

    Maher said people are attracted to Trump because they are the message that the country is losing has resonated with them.

    “They’re responding to, is this message that the country has been losing, which is insane, because we’re not losing, we’re winning. And we have to restore America to what? What it was before Obama came along? So, we should be restoring America back to where we had 10% unemployment, and the stock market was 1,000 points lower? Who is beating us? China? They’re beating us? Why? Because their kids make our iPhones?” he said. “Japan? They’ve been in a recession for like three decades. Mexico? I mean, this is insane. We’re the only country that did well after the financial collapse.”

    Matthews stated that the reason why Trump is covered on MSNBC and most networks is because “we’re waiting to see how long it’s going to last. … How long can he keep going with new material every minute? Certainly he’s run out of material and start repeating himself. He’ll begin to sweat. I’m waiting for that. I think that is the show we’re watching. How long can he do this thing?”

    Maher said Trump’s refusal to apologize is “the best part of him.”

    “I do find that attractive, because I’ve been in that position myself many times. I mean, I don’t agree with much of what Donald Trump says, but sometimes, when I see him, I think he and I are a little like the detective and the serial killer.” “When the serial killer says, ‘You know, we’re not so different, you and I.’

    “And the great thing about having your own money, is that you don’t have to appeal to the donors. The one good thing Donald Trump is saying is that he’s going to raise his own taxes, and he’s going to go after hedge fund managers and stuff like that. That’s actually popular, even with Republicans. It’s the donor class that hates that. That’s why you won’t hear that from the other guys.”

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