Bill Maher on the 2022 midterms: ‘Democracy is on the ballot’ and ‘they’re going to lose’
“Democracy is on the ballot and, unfortunately, it’s going to lose,” Maher said on his “Real Time” show.
Maher continued: “Everything in America is going to change in a fundamental way” after “the most important election ever.”
He also encouraged his audience to vote for a party that still supports “preserving democracy.”
“It’s also a waste of breath because everyone who believes it is already voting, and everyone who needs to learn it isn’t watching, and no one in America can be convinced of anything anymore anyway,” he said.
Maher said the Jan. 6, 2021, public hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Rebellion did not change his mind, despite the committee doing a “masterful” job of making its case.
“Ben Franklin said that our country is ‘a republic if you can keep it.’ Well, we can’t, and unless a miracle happens on Tuesday, we’re not. “Democracy is on the ballot, and unfortunately, it’s going to lose,” Maher said. “And once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
Republicans appear poised to regain control of the House in the midterm elections and have a chance to regain their majority in the Senate. GOP candidates in various races across the country have closed electoral gaps with their Democratic rivals and in some cases taken or extended their leads in recent weeks.
Maher claimed that once Republicans regain control of Congress, the impeachment of President Biden will begin and “will never stop.” He said he would be impeached for overseeing the failed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, supporting Ukraine, inflation, recession and “falling off the bike”.
Multiple ultra-conservative members of Congress and candidates have called for Biden’s impeachment over issues like the economy and border security, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has done so. diminished the likelihood that the GOP will do so.
Maher said Biden will be a “rich duck” when he goes up against former President Trump, who is expected to announce a third White House for the 2024 election cycle within weeks.
Maher said that even if Trump loses, he will “show up” at the 2025 inauguration and have an “army of pro-choice naysayers” behind him who will be elected in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The anchor pointed to the large number of Republican candidates running in this midterm cycle who support Trump’s unsupported claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Maher said that once elected to office, these candidates will write the rules on how votes are counted in 2024.
He also criticized Tim Michels, the GOP candidate for governor in Wisconsin, for comments he made about the upcoming election.
“This is really a Rubicon crossing moment, when election deniers are elected, which is often how countries slide into authoritarianism,” Maher said. “Not with tanks in the streets, but by elected people who then have no intention of ever taking it back.”
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