Bill Maher warned Democrats that the possible indictment former President Donald Trump would be a “colossal mistake” and act as nothing more than “rocket fuel” for his candidacy.
The liberal comedian joined the growing number of high-profile figures who have warned against a Trump indictment, saying it would make him more popular.
“I really don’t want to give Donald Trump the satisfaction of talking about him,” Maher began.
“I thought when he was gone, he’d be gone a little bit. But, you know, there is an ex-president out there now who’s going to be arrested — possibly,” he added.
“And he is talking about violence in the streets of his supporters if he does,” Mayer continued.
Bill Maher said supporters of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Braggs’s witch hunt would be disappointed in the outcome, and a Trump indictment would serve the former president’s cause.
“I just would like to go on record in saying I think this is a colossal mistake if they bring these charges,” Maher said.
“Not just one, you know. I mean, yes, he’s done a lot of bad things, and I’m sure he did this — everything they accused him of [doing], he did.”
“But first of all, it’s not gonna work. It’s gonna be rocket fuel for his 2024 campaign. And it’s just gonna look to MAGA nation like, ‘Oh, you know, you tried with Mueller, you tried with Ukraine, you tried with January 6. Now we go to the porn star? Really? You’re down to that?!” he added.
Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey, who was Maher’s guest, agreed with his assessment and pointed to Trump’s surging poll numbers as proof that things are about to backfire on Democrats.
“I think that we’ve seen in, you know, the past however many years at this point that the more attention is on heavy regardless of what that attention is about, the more the circus has him in the center of its rings, the better he tends to do,” Lowrey said.
New York University professor Scott Galloway also agreed.
“If they do this, this increases the likelihood he’s the nominee, they need to put wood behind the arrow that sticks. That’s Georgia. This is just not sufficient,” Galloway said.
As The Daily Fetched reported last week, Trump’s 2024 campaign also enjoyed a whopping $1.5 million in contributions since he announced the possibility of his arrest.
Trump’s looming indictment stems from him allegedly falsifying business records concerning a hush money payment to pron star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Even though Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to charges over the payment in 2018, Soros-funded Bragg revived the case as a political attack on the former president.