“As bad as last week was … let’s not confuse 5,000 people with 74 million,” said Bill Maher the host of “Real-Time” on HBO. “Yes, even supporting the insurrection in spirit is, well, deplorable. But there’s a difference between holding illiberal beliefs and acting violently on them. At least that’s what they always told me about Islamic terrorism.”
Maher defended the 74 million Trump voters who were not involved in the Capitol attack on January 6.
“I’ve preached, and still do, that you can hate Trump, but not all the people who like him,” Maher said. “And as counterintuitive as it may seem, you can like something run by assholes without being one yourself.”
“Seventy-four million people are not self-deporting and neither are we,” Maher told his audience.