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Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo Allegations

Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo AllegationsPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty & HBONeil deGrasse Tyson, the fun-lovin’ astrophysicist and TV personality, has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct by four women—one of whom, Thchiya Amet El Maat, alleged that he drugged and raped her while the two were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.  Bill Maher, the boundary-pushing comedian, has branded the MeToo movement “scary” and aspects of  it “MeCarthyism” whilst downplaying women’s accounts of inappropriate touching at the hands of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and the allegations against former congressman Al Franken. On Friday night, Maher welcomed pal Tyson to his long-running HBO program Real Time. Tyson, who’s managed to weather any professional ramifications from the sexual-misconduct allegations—keeping his gigs with National Geographic’s StarTalk, Fox’s Cosmos and Hayden Planetarium—joined Maher and his panel, which included The Daily Beast’s politics editor Sam Stein, for an interview toward the end of the program. And sure enough, Maher joked about Tyson’s planets tie; let him hawk his new book of published letters to and from his fans; debated the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) supporting the existence of God, as is the outspoken atheist’s wont; talked flat-earthers; and acted generally chummy with one another. Bill Maher Fails to Challenge The Federalist Publisher (and Mr. Meghan McCain) Ben DomenechJohn Oliver Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is Totally Screwed: ‘Trump Will Abandon Him’What Maher failed to do was even remotely probe the disturbing allegations against Tyson—something that most interviewers of Tyson have failed to properly reckon with during his recent book tour (CBS This Morning sort of did, albeit via a soft line of questioning, asking what he’s “learned” since the allegations surfaced.) In addition to soft-pedaling the allegations against Biden, Maher voiced objections to the public outrage surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault allegation against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (now justice), Brett Kavanaugh. “There are social justice warriors who are crazy enough in this country, I fight with them all the time, who… they lend enough credence to this to make people think, ‘Oh, you know what? They’re going to go after my high school record. That’s fair game now.’ And it becomes sort of a privacy thing,” offered Maher. Later on, the comedian added, “It does seem like things morphed from ‘listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged,’ which is the right thing to do, to ‘automatically believe.’ That’s what’s scary.” What’s frustrating about Maher’s attitude toward MeToo is that he appears to consistently downplay allegations of inappropriate touching or attempted sexual assault levied against certain men of power (usually Democrats), while regularly railing against those said to have been committed by President Trump, who’s been accused of varying acts of sexual misconduct by over 22 women. While the attitude shouldn’t be to “automatically believe” women, it shouldn’t take nearly two dozen accusers—or hating the man’s politics—to either. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing’ But Not ‘Insane’ Like Trump

Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing’ But Not ‘Insane’ Like TrumpHBOHBO’s Bill Maher ended his Friday night broadcast of Real Time by taking aim at Republicans and conservative pundits who defend President Donald Trump regardless of what he says and does, introducing a new concept: Catch-23.During his “New Rules” segment, Maher explained to his viewers that “Catch-22 meant if you claimed to be insane to get out of combat, it actually proved you were sane.” On the other hand, “Catch-23 is if Donald Trump never makes you insane, you are insane!”Noting that Republicans love to toss around the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome” to brush aside criticism of the “Dear Leader” as nothing but liberals being “sore losers” who can’t accept Trump is president, Maher admitted there was some of that on the left before asking: “Have you watched this man over the last four years?!”Playing a montage of Trump’s most bizarre moments at his campaign rallies, the HBO star snarked that Republicans somehow came to the conclusion that this was “how a president behaves” before pointing out that conservatives were correct to say liberals haven’t gotten over Trump.John Oliver Drags Joe Biden Over ‘Record Player’ Gaffe at Democratic DebateBill Maher Exposes Tomi Lahren on ‘Real Time’ “You’re right. we haven't gotten over it, because no one should,” he exclaimed.Maher went on to highlight the president taking North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Saudis at their words, adding that this is “what Trump Derangement Syndrome really is: pretending that all of this is perfectly acceptable behavior for an American president and defending the indefensible.”“That’s deranged,” he quipped. “That’s a syndrome. And it’s coming from the right. It’s like body odor: if you smell it all the time, it’s probably you.”This prompted the acerbic comic to make a case for supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden even if he “rapidly declines and legit loses his mind,” telling Republicans: “I am going to pretend ‘nothing to see here,’ just like you’re doing now.”Maher would go on to encourage Democrats to vote for Biden even if he devolves from the current “mildly embarrassing gaffe machine who mixes up stories and waits 'til he’s onstage for his eyeball to explode and his dentures to fall out.”“That guy would not be nearly broken and crazy enough to teach the Republicans the lesson they need to learn,” he noted. “For this, I need Joe Biden to be full-on, forgot-to-wear-pants, crumbs-in-the-hair, screaming-at-the-toaster nuts!”Maher continued: “And when Republicans say, ‘Wait a minute, how can you give unwavering support for someone who’s clearly lost it?’ I’ll say, ‘I don’t know, you tell me.’”The veteran comedian told his audience that in private, they’ll go ahead and admit that their guy is nuts, but publicly they’ll be in full denial mode, pointing to Fox Business host Stuart Varney’s assertion that Trump has never lied as a prime example of how to act.Rolling his eyes at Varney’s obsequiousness, Maher said he wanted to see Biden do “every fucked-up thing a celebrity ever did”—such as wear a meat dress or interrupt Taylor Swift at an awards show—just so he could tell Republicans that Biden’s “a different kind of president.”“And after he plows the presidential limousine through a farmer’s market, I’ll say, ‘Why so upset, Republicans? That’s just Biden being Biden,’” Maher concluded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Bill Maher Takes Trump Challenger Joe Walsh to Task for Racist ‘Anti-Obama’ Past

Bill Maher Takes Trump Challenger Joe Walsh to Task for Racist ‘Anti-Obama’ PastBill Maher has spent plenty of time placating loathsome figures on his HBO show Real Time. But he deserves credit for not letting Trump 2020 primary challenger Joe Walsh off the hook for his history of horrendous commentary on this week’s episode. Walsh got a warm welcome from Maher’s audience when he joined the show at the midway point Friday night. “Apparently they don’t know your history, Joe,” the host said when the applause died down. Maher pointed out that Walsh doesn’t like that Trump “lies” or that he’s a “traitor,” but “issue-wise,” they’re not that far apart. “He’s done some good things,” Walsh admitted as Maher listed off a variety of conservative positions he shares with the president. “Joe, you were a leader of the anti-Obama nutcase caucus,” Maher said as Walsh tried to distance himself from the man who launched his political career on Birtherism.As he’s done before, Walsh confessed that he helped pave the way for Trump but unlike others in the media, Maher would not let the candidate paint himself as some sort of anti-Trump savior. Walsh attempted to contrast himself with the current president by saying, “I do not and will not lie every time I open my mouth,” but he put that promise to the test when Maher grilled him on the way he repeated about President Obama during the previous administration. “I know you’ve had to answer a lot of questions about race,” Maher said. Last month, Walsh said on MSNBC that he “wouldn’t call” himself a racist but conceded that he’s “said racist things on Twitter.” Maher sarcastically called that a “fine distinction.” Bill Maher Goes Full Marianne Williamson on AntidepressantsBill Maher Mocks Fox News’ Sean Hannity For Claiming He’s Causing a Recession“Just look me in the eye and tell me that the seething, frothing hatred that I remember that you had for Barack Obama had nothing to do with the fact that he was black,” Maher said. “Oh, gosh no,” Walsh replied incredulously, claiming that his birther-inspired comments labeling Obama a “Muslim” had everything to do with his “policies.” The host didn’t seem to be buying it. Finally, Maher asked the former Trump supporter why anyone should vote for him if it took him until 2019 to “know that Donald Trump was full of shit.” “It’s a good question,” Walsh said, explaining that he actually “found religion” in 2018. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue states

Bill Maher says the reason red state voters are so upset is because they want to be the blue statesThe blue parts of America are having a prosperity party while that big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail, says Bill Maher.



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Bill Maher Scolds Libs: Forget The Culture, Grab The Government

Bill Maher Scolds Libs: Forget The Culture, Grab The GovernmentBill Maher got down to business Friday night in a not-so-funny monologue



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Bill Maher Calls Roseanne's Ugly Tweet 'Abhorrent, Bordering On Presidential'

Bill Maher Calls Roseanne's Ugly Tweet 'Abhorrent, Bordering On Presidential'"Real Time's" Bill Maher took a few cutting swipes at his pal Roseanne Barr –



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Bill Maher Issues Strong Words To Democrats About Over-Regulation

Bill Maher Issues Strong Words To Democrats About Over-RegulationBill Maher has urged Democrats to “go big or go home” when it comes to regulation. Over-regulation fed into the Republican narrative that Democrats “don’t want to help people” but just “want to micro-manage their lives,” he said. Maher agreed that more regulation “for big things” such as “guns and carbon emission and banks” was needed.



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Bill Maher Uses Children's Book To Explain Donald Trump's Deal With Democrats

Bill Maher Uses Children's Book To Explain Donald Trump's Deal With DemocratsBill Maher believes there’s a simple explanation for why “fast-talking city slicker” President Donald Trump reportedly cut a deal with Democrats over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this month.



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Bill Maher Sat Down With Ken Bone To Find Out Who He Voted For

Bill Maher Sat Down With Ken Bone To Find Out Who He Voted ForKen Bone played hardball after Bill Maher asked him who he’d voted for in the 2016 election on Friday’s “Real Time.”



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Bill Maher says Democrats made white people 'feel like a minority' in 2016 election

Bill Maher says Democrats made white people 'feel like a minority' in 2016 election"The View" co-hosts discuss what factors swayed the election.



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