Bill Maher thinks Joe Biden is doing a good job right now. But he also warned against fan fiction as history, perhaps presenting a paradox that only he understood.
Maher started talking. real time Night Strong with one-on-one featured country singer Trace Adkins, who is also starring in the new Fox TV series. King With Susan Sarandon. Adkins sat down and said Maher would occasionally tell a funny joke. Maher said with shock. “We’re indoors, you can take the hat off,” he said, “Oh, is that dirt on your shoes?”
But it was all in good fun. Adkins is known as a conservative, which is why he avoids political discussions with the ultra-liberal Sarandon to keep the peace. “We did our job and stayed away from everything else,” Adkins said, which Maher saw as a formula the rest of America should adopt.
Maher couldn’t resist a quick attempt at gotcha, asking Adkins who won the last presidential election. “Joe Biden,” the singer allowed. “What did you expect me to say?”
Adkins is sober now, but he remembers how in his dining days, when people would force him to drink at parties, he would note that he would try to sleep with half the room and the other half. would fight, and it didn’t matter. Which line did you come in?
That’s why Adkins said he doesn’t worry about the backlash to one of his new songs, “If I Were a Woman,” a song he co-wrote with Blake Shelton that emphasizes traditional gender roles. “I’m not worried about that at all,” Adkins allowed.
The panel discussion included a founding partner and a representative from Washington. puck Julia Ioffi, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.
He first turned to a familiar theme, the division of opinion in the country. “I’m afraid the evidence of the last two years is that it’s like the 1850s,” Meacham said. “We disagree about the understanding of reality itself,” calling it a “total culture war.” The root of the problem, he said, is that “not enough people are willing to make the sacrifices.”
Ioffe said that Americans are not immune to the basic human need for strong leaders with simple explanations, saying that most statements about Jan. 6Th That “this is not who we are”.
Maher surprised his guests when he asked what would happen to former President Donald Trump’s legal problems after the midterms. There was a long silence.
If “electoral deniers” win congressional seats, Meacham said, “that’s the beginning of the end of the constitutional order.” He predicted it would lead to “urban chaos”.
Maher filled the void, claiming that Attorney General Merrick Garland would do something because “Trump is guilty.”
“European countries indict all the time,” Ioffe said, supporting the notion.
Talk then turned to Ukraine, where Maher said Biden was doing very well because “he’s been around the block” and was patient.
Meacham agreed. “I believe that if you support American democracy, you support this president.”
Ioffe wasn’t so ready to give credit, noting that “it’s a little too early.” But he allowed, “Biden has done an amazing job on Ukraine.”
Finally, Maher’s “New Principles” editorial noted the rise of “situationism,” where everyone in the past is judged by the standards of the present.
Maher said that history books are not considered fan fiction. But presentism is like being mad at yourself for not knowing at age 10 what you know now.
He then quipped about how “everyone has slaves, including coloreds and Sumerians by R. Kelly. “The slave comes from the Slav,” he said, “and the Slav is the hallmark channel. They were white.”
“I have said before that people are not good people,” he added. “The capacity for cruelty is a human thing, not a white thing, even though it’s not part of the current narrative.”
Maher also called the Portland school system, where he plans to teach that the concept of gender was brought here by white colonists. “Star Trek wouldn’t even attempt that story.”