Late night talk show host and “comedian” Bill Maher had some harsh words for the Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the largest gatherings of conservatives in the country, during his show on Friday.
Maher called the conservative conference “a virtual Woodstock of the mentally impaired,” the Washington Examiner reports.
President Trump, who spoke at CPAC, was also criticized by Maher. The talk show host, who is routinely anti-Trump, said Trump acted as if he was “God’s gift to America.”
“Stop acting so surprised that Trump thinks he’s God’s gift to America because that’s exactly what Evangelicals keep telling him he is,” Maher said.
From the Washington Examiner:
Maher then played a clip of the speech at CPAC by businessman Mike Lindell, the inventor of MyPillow and an avid Trump supporter.
“I see the greatest president in history. Of course he is, he was chosen by God,” Lindell said in the clip.
Last week at the annual conservative conference close to Washington, D.C., Trump gave a two-hour speech, the longest speech of his presidency.
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USA Today reported that Trump’s CPAC speech was his “longest and characteristically wide-ranging.”
“You know, I’m totally off script right now,” Trump said during the near 2-hour speech. “This is how I got elected, by being off script.”
In his introduction of Trump, Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, said that when the president wants to recharge, he returns to his base.
After stepping out on the stage and hugging an American flag, Trump did a lot of recharging. He reveled in the applause and remarked more than once that the crowd was still with him during the lengthy address.
“I’m watching those doors and not one person has left,” Trump said near the end, although some people did leave early. “And I’ve been up here a lifetime.”
The speech was more than 30 minutes longer than Trump’s previous longest speeches – a 2017 rally in Alabama and this year’s State of the Union address – according to the website Factba.se, which tracks Trump’s words. At a minimum, it is 25 minutes longer than remarks at a cabinet meeting on 1/2/19.
Fox News reports people in attendance enjoyed the speech as “the crowd appeared to eat up everything he had to say.”
“He saved some of his barbs for Democratic policies like the Green New Deal — a comprehensive overhaul of America’s economy and a shift to 100 percent renewable energy being pushed by left-wing Democrats and 2020 presidential hopefuls,” Fox News continued.
“When the wind stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric: ‘Darling, is the wind blowing? I’d like to watch television,” he quipped.
But he jokingly encouraged them to keep on pushing the Green New Deal, apparently sensing that the policy may be unpopular and lead to Trump’s re-election.
“I like the Green New Deal, I respect it greatly, it should be part of the dialogue of the next election,” he said to laughter from the audience.
He also used anecdotes to promote his policies at home and abroad, particularly pulling back troops from the Middle East. At length he talked about how he flew it into Iraq over Christmas and was told to kill the lights on Air Force One as it came into land.
“We spent $7 trillion and we can’t land a plane with the lights on,” he said.