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Bill Maher Wanted to Remind You: He’s Still A Likud Loving Zionist Who Hates Arabs And Muslims

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Of course one doesn’t expect hypocritical, lying Bill Maher to change his racist beliefs and insecurities about Arabs and Muslims over night; that’s part of the reason people watch him. Bill, like any slime ball politician knows his constituency and they love when he hates on Arabs and Muslims.

Still, it was quite something to see Bill Maher bizarrely defend the almost universally scorned (except by the Republicans) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

I guess he just wanted to remind us, in case we forgot, that he loves himself some Israel.:

By Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress

Politicians, Jewish advocacy groups, and Rabbis have been highly critical of methods used by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to win reelection last week, particularly his short-lived public renunciation of a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis and his 11th-hour bid to bolster his supporters by warning that “Arab voters are coming in droves to the ballot boxes.” President Barack Obama said the remarks were “contrary to what is the best of Israel’s traditions,” the New York Times editorial board called them “desperate, and craven,” and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, noted the tactics were a “naked appeal to his hard-right bases’ fears rather than their hopes.” Several others, including Reform Rabbi Zinkow, said the prime minister’s comments “sound racist.”

But talk show host and self-professed liberal Bill Maher attempted to stifle the growing criticism of Netanyahu on Saturday night. Speaking to a panel that included a GOP strategist and a former Republican lawmaker, Maher challenged claims that the prime minister’s remarks were racist by, confusingly, pointing to America’s own history of using racist political tactics.

“I guess that is racist, in the strictest sense — he’s bringing race into the equation,” Maher said of Netanyahu’s remarks. “But, first of all, like Reagan didn’t win races with racism? Or Nixon? Or Bush? Like they didn’t play the race card? Reagan opened his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, remember that? Remember Willie Horton?”

Maher’s second rant on the subject took an even more bizarre turn, with the host trying to add “a little perspective” by outlining a hypothetical scenario in which America is under siege from “black nations.” He also drew comparisons between Netanyahu’s election and America’s internment of Japanese people during World War II.

“I heard a lot of commentators here say, it would been as if Mitt Romney, in 2012, on the eve of the election said, ‘black voters are coming out in droves to the polls,’” he said. “But I don’t know if that’s really a great analogy. I think that would be a good analogy if America was a country that was surrounded by 12 or 13 completely black nations who had militarily attacked us many times, including as recently as last year. Would we let them vote? I don’t know. When we were attacked by the Japanese, we didn’t just not let them vote, we rounded them up and put them in camps.”

A video of the exchange is below.

Update: By the way, here’s what an apology that isn’t an apology looks like. Get ready for the laughs, provided for by Netanyahu.:

“I wasn’t trying to block anyone from voting. I was trying to mobilize my own forces,” Netanyahu said in an interview with NPR Friday. “And that mobilization was based on Arab money — sorry, on foreign money, a lot of foreign money that was coming in.”

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  • downwithpants

    That’s what every show does panders to their target demographic.

  • sasboy

    I do not care for Bill Maher at all, but I do think he has a valid point.

    The US does have a history of institutionalized racism against Native Americans, blacks, Chinese, Japanese and Italians, mostly though not entirely justified on the basis of its foreign wars.

  • Haddock

    Bill should just come out and say the obvious: he is practically a conservative. Quit trying to be the “liberal hanging on by a thread because of all of dem multi-cultural leftists” and just admit that he is a bigot against Arabs, and own up to it.

  • mindy1

    He panders to his crowd sadly…

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  • Reynardine

    Another reason I have never wasted money on cable.

  • Yausari

    No need to remind us, Maher. You’re hard to forget… That’s not a compliment.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Listening to the clip, it’s clear that none of the speakers can actually deny that Netanyahu’s comments were racist. They only try to “contextualize” or excuse them as politics, etc., meaning that deep down they know that Netanyahu’s statements are simply wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    The best consolation here is that Arab voters did turn out in larger numbers than before and there are 33% more Arab Israeli Members in the incoming Knesset than in the outgoing one. And they are likely to use their numbers to get better positions in various committees.

  • Heinz Catsup

    Really? That’s great if true.

  • Lithium2006

    Good thing is this guy is becoming less relevant. Even his fellow anti-theists are abandoning him gradually.

  • cmyfe .

    Same old Pissrahelli propaganda “surrounded by”, “wipe off the map” etc used to get away after murdering 2,500 children. Hasn’t Pissrahell attacked each of its neighbors? Hasn’t it constantly occupied land of Palestinians and the countries that “surround” it?
    Pissrahell wasn’t in fact surrounded by anyone, it just jumped in their midst and started glaring and attacking and plundering! History!

  • LiesYouTell

    The fact that HBO recently gave Bill Maher his own sports show proves that the network supports Maher’s Islamophobia and racism.
    Muslims need to boycott HBO and its parent company Time Warner(owners of Warner Bros., CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, CW, Comcast, etc) who is responsible for Bill Maher’s paychecks.

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