(Liberty Bell) – While HBO host Bill Maher is a far-leftist who advocates openly for socialism, he is one of the rare figures on the left who is also willing to be blunt about the shortcomings of his peers and has delivered more than a few stern warnings to watch the hypocrisy and be careful not to utterly destroy classical liberal values in the name of the progressive cause.
Now that President Donald Trump has left office to be replaced with now-President Joe Biden, Maher is warning that Democrats might want to take some time for self-reflection.
On the Friday airing of his program, Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian and commentator explained that now the left can’t just blame everything on Trump.
He also pointed out that, while Biden was inaugurated, despite all the drama of bringing in the National Guard to lock down the capital amid the proceedings, it was Antifa, not Trump supporters, who were rioting and causing violence that night in Portland and Seattle.
“It does feel like the whole Trump administration just sort of disappeared, like we lived through a fever dream,” Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby noted during the program’s roundtable.
Maher agreed, drawing a comparison to the famous “Who Shot J.R.” episode of the television program ‘Dallas.’
At the beginning of the segment, Hamby had blamed so-called “Trumpism” for “infecting every state capital.”
Kmele Foster, co-host to the podcast “The Fifth Column,” pushed back rather admirably on this point.
“I just want to try to put it into another context,” Foster said, “that what we’ve seen here over the course of the last, say, 10-12 months is actually a bit of an unraveling; this escalation in political violence that is not limited to the right, but existed on the left as well.
He pointed to the conspicuous widespread violence over the past summer, for which it is certainly an understatement to say “existed on the left.”
“We saw $2 billion worth of damage done over the course of several months. We saw days of civil unrest in the street. We saw federal buildings surrounded, held under siege for days at a time,” he continued.
“This is the United States of America and we have seen a steady increase in the regularity of political violence in this country.
“And if there is a broader trend, as opposed to a specific movement that is broken,” he said, “then we’re talking about too narrow a problem as opposed to the right problem. It might be a really major defect in our policy.”
Hamby responded by noting there’s “always” been the anarchist/black block movement on the left, but that “Trumpism” is “everywhere.”
Foster jumped in, pointing out the glaring lack of right-wing originated violence on Inauguration Day and the equally glaring presence of left-wing violence which he believes indicates “we’re not talking about this in the right way.”
He’s definitely on to something, and it appeared that Maher agreed.
The host chimed in that now the left is unable to blame everything on Trump.
Foster went on to explain that Black Lives Matter, which people perceive as simply an “ethical statement,” but containing a relatively new focus on “equity” and racial outcomes that have “taken the country by storm.”
“Equity as opposed to equality?” asked Maher.
“Yes,” said Foster. “Quite frankly, talking about racism all the time is not a solution.”
“That’s a great question to get to,” Maher pointed out.
Everyone on Twitter is bashing Bill Maher guest #kmelefoster but I found his comments about racism to be accurate and refreshing
— GuinevereIs (@GuinevereIs) January 23, 2021
“Now that we’ve gotten rid of Trump, we’re faced with this problem as Americans. Now we can’t blame everything on him. Now we gotta look in the mirror and we’ll find out in the next hundred days, like, if it was all Trump who was the bad guy.”
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