Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher faced ridicule after he was unable to define alleged crimes committed by Donald Trump after accusing the former president of being a “criminal.”
During an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the comedian discussed both Joe Biden and Trump.
After Rogan told Maher that he dislikes both Joe Biden’s old age, and mental health, Maher responded by saying while Trump may have aged better, “he’s a criminal. And he’s crazy. Crazy and stupid are two different things.”
When Rogan asked Maher to elaborate, he replied, Stupid is like, uh, Frederick Douglass is alive. Or, uh, the stealth bomber is literally invisible. Um, or nobody knew health care was hard to solve. That’s just stupid. He’s very stupid.”
“Crazy, is like, it’s important that the crowd at my inauguration was the biggest ever, and I’m going to make an issue of this for the first two weeks of my presidency despite photographic evidence to the contrary,” Maher said.
“Or I’m going to steal these documents that I don’t even know what they are and I don’t care and I’m going to put them next to the toilet at Mar-a-Lago and then I’m going to fight you to take them back, or not conceding the election. Those things are crazy.”
“Or thinking I can somehow charm Kim Jong Un in Korea, although that might be stupid, sometimes it crosses the line between both. But he’s both stupid and crazy. And he’s a criminal…”
Maher then attempted to detail Trump’s alleged criminal acts, then things got awkward.
“[Trump’s] charged with actual crimes,” Maher began, before stumbling.
“Criminal intent to obscure, uh, to, uh, I forget what the actual name of the, uh, law is, but criminal intent to basically steal the election or to coerce people in the states from, umm, I forget what it is. And then there’s one-uh forgery, which is – has to do with the electoral scheme. Uh, criminal intent… That’s that’s the slate of electors, he was putting forward the fake slate of electors.”
Rogan then read out the various charges against Trump as part of his trial in Georgia.
Maher responded by continuing to attack Trump.
Trump “tried every possible way to steal this election,” Maher declared.
“He tried to do it through the courts. He tried to do it through state legislatures. He tried to do it through intimidating Mike Pence.”
“He tried to do it through the justice department. They talked about seizing voting machines. They talked about the using the army. I mean, you can’t really believe that this guy is not worse than Joe Biden,” Maher continued.
“I mean, I agree, Biden is not a great president,” Maher said in the conclusion.
“And the Hunter Biden stuff is a stinky conspiracy. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s a stinky scandal that stinks to the high heavens.”
“If you think that that in any way compares to what Trump tried to do. You just cannot tell unlike things apart.”
Later in the show, Maher falsely attributed a quote to Donald Trump, claiming that there is a record of him saying, “I don’t want people to know I lost this election.”
The false claim was highlighted on X, when a user claified that Trump’s quote about not wanting people to know he had lost was regarding a 2020 election lawsuit, not the presidential race.