Bill Maher has had it with Donald Trump.
Back in mid-January, in an interview with The Daily Beast, the political satirist claimed that “Ted Cruz is scarier than Donald Trump” because Trump “says some things that a liberal can love.” Of course, this was before The Donald took public pressure to rebuke ex-KKK leader David Duke’s endorsement (even though his daughter, Ivanka, is a practicing Orthodox Jew), expressed his desire to impose a travel ban on all Muslims, and felt the need to brag about the size of his pecker. Now, the HBO host has gone on the offensive, questioning the terribly thin-skinned Trump’s masculinity and producing pro-Cruz hats that read, “Better Ted Than Dead.” Well, now that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the Republican presidential race, leaving Trump the presumptive nominee, Maher—like many Americans—is understandably beside himself. “But you know, they said it couldn’t happen, they said it wouldn’t happen—it happened. Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president,” said Maher during his Real Time monologue Friday night. “And you know, I have taken a lot of crap over the years for saying this is a stupid country…I should’ve trademarked it.”
“This is what you get!” Maher later added. “Republicans spent years whipping their voters into a sexist, xenophobic, self-righteous frenzy, and now they’re stuck with Donald Trump. It’s like finally convincing your wife to have a threesome and then she brings home a guy.”
After his requisite Trump-bashing, Maher welcomed Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston, he of Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, and Trumbo fame, onto the program. Cranston is currently promoting his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO film All the Way, an adaptation of the Broadway play that earned the actor a Tony. With Ann Coulter, Dan Savage, and Daily Beast columnist Nick Gillespie on the panel, there was bound to be plenty of bickering, but Cranston cut through the noise with a solemn plea.
“Maybe it’s time for a viable third party that’s socially conscious yet fiscally responsible,” said Cranston, apparently unimpressed by the two leading candidates for POTUS. “What happened to those people?”
Later on, Maher posed the following question to the panel: “How do you go at [Trump] who is a walking brain fart, who will say anything?”
It was Cranston who emerged with the most cogent advice, saying, “Hillary should stay focused on the issues and take the high ground so it shows greater contrast to her opponent. Don’t get sucked into his energy. If you get sucked into that vortex, you’ll swirl down the toilet. Stay calm and stay confident.”
And Maher, as is his wont, decided to end the program with a “New Rule” comparing Trump to a “hysterical” circa-1950s woman, Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady clips and all. “So never forget, Lady Trump, that Hillary Clinton was born a woman, but you chose to live your life like a—say it with me, won’t you?—whiny little bitch,” Maher proclaimed. “Which is why if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll be voting for the only one that has balls.”