Democrats can’t touch President Trump on the economy. His Midas Touch has the stock market booming, unemployment at record lows, consumer confidence at a record high, and for the first time in history there are more job openings in the United States than there are people without one.
With crucial congressional elections just around the corner, liberal comedian and television host Bill Maher said he’s “hoping for” an economic collapse.
Why? To spite Trump, or rather, to have him removed from office.
As Mediaite reports, “Bill Maher is very passionate about removing President Trump from office by any means necessary.”
Maher made the comment on his show as he and his panel were discussing whether the United States should prioritize giving jobs to people in the country illegally over citizens.
Then the host segued into talking about the economy, “Could I ask about the economy? Because this economy is going pretty well.”
The comment reportedly caused political commentator Shermichael Singleton to laugh off-camera.
Here’s what happened next:
“What? Why was that funny?” Maher asked.
“It is going well… for now,” Singleton responded.
“Thank you, that’s my question,” Maher continued. “I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I’m hoping for it. Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.”
Check it out:
Video: @BillMaher: “One way you get rid of @realDonaldTrump is a crashing economy, so please bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or lose your democracy.” #RealTime #TTT pic.twitter.com/wSd6jNYueC
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) June 9, 2018
On Saturday, during a “Fox & Friends” segment, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth said that Maher’s comment reflects what many liberals are thinking but won’t say themselves.
Here’s more, from Fox News Insider:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 223,000 jobs were added last month.
It also noted that unemployment was at 3.8 percent, the lowest so far this year.
“Who wants to root for people losing their jobs and a bad economy? No one does,” he said. “But in the back of their mind they’re saying, ‘how do we beat this guy in 2018, especially in 2020? Well, the economy’s got to tank.’”
Maher was criticized over the comment by Trump supporters and opponents alike:
Bill Maher said last night:
“I hope for a recession to get rid of Trump. Sorry if that hurts people”
The left would like to America fail just so they can blame Trump for the suffering
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 9, 2018
Hey Bill Maher, my family lost everything in the last recession. Rooting for a collapse that wouldn’t impact you and your rich friends isn’t funny. @billmaher
— Sara (@TessaS2000) June 9, 2018
Bill Maher last night said a recession could be a good thing, cause it would lead to Trump not winning reelection.
I want Trump to lose, we don’t need an economic downturn, and the pain that would cause everyday people, to do it.
— Alex Morash (@AlexMorash) June 9, 2018
So bill Maher is routing for a recession just so trump fails. What an idiot he rather see millions of peaple lose their jobs their livelihoods and their homes thats an out of touch crooked Hillary supporter if i ever seen one. Mr Maher we real Americans cant afford a recession.
— Michael Pringle (@Michael16994522) June 9, 2018