Talk show host Bill Maher is no stranger to saying controversial things, in fact, he’s made a career of it.
On Friday night, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” found himself on the receiving end of some backlash after he questioned why Congressman Will Hurd, who is Black, was a member of the Republican Party.
As BizPac Review reports, Maher pressed Hurd, who is a former CIA operative, on his party affiliation before throwing in a controversial line that immediately made splashes on social media.
From the report:
Maher confronted Hurd, who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly a decade, on why he continues to be a Republican and supports the “traitor,” President Trump.
“I’m a Republican because I believe in limited government,” Hurd replied, prompting Maher to counter that the GOP is not a proponent of smaller government.
“But they don’t do that,” the HBO host interjected.
“I’m a Republican because I believe in the rule of law. I’m a Republican because I believe in economic opportunity,” Hurd tried to continue.
“They don’t do that either,” Maher shot back.
“I’m just asking why you’re a Republican?” he said. “Because they’re not good at the debt, that was their big thing. You said limited government, they don’t do that. They took over the Congress in 2011 and they raised the debt a trillion dollars a year. They’re not good at national defense—the president’s a traitor. What’s in it for you? What is in the Republican Party for you? You were in the CIA!”
The conversation segued into Hurd’s history with the CIA, when Maher joked about “Popeyes Chicken.”
“I was in the CIA for almost a decade,” Hurd said, per BizPac Review. “I was the dude in the back alleys at four o’clock in the morning collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland.”
“That’s where you’d collect it, huh? Wow. By the Popeyes Chicken?” Maher said in a joking manner. audience groaned.
BizPac Review reports the audience “groaned” at the joke and caused an “awkward moment in the segment.”
“The outcry on Twitter was swift and deservedly brutal,” BizPac Review added.
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