Comedian and HBO host Bill Maher on Friday expressed concerns about the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections amid recent polling that shows the GOP is in a strong position to take control of Congress.
“Democracy is on the ballot and unfortunately it’s going to lose,” Maher said on his “Real Time” show.
Maher continued, “Everything in America is about to fundamentally change” after “the most important election of all time.”
He also encouraged his audience to vote for the party that always supports the “preservation of democracy”.
“It’s also a waste of breath because whoever believes this is already voting, and whoever needs to learn this isn’t watching, and no one in America can be persuaded of anything anymore anyway,” a- he declared.
Maher said the public hearings of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising did not change his mind, despite the committee doing a “masterful” job of presenting his case .
“Ben Franklin said our country was a ‘republic, if you can keep it.’ Well, we can’t, and unless a miracle happens on Tuesday, we didn’t. Democracy is on the ballot, and unfortunately it’s going to lose,” Maher said. And once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
Republicans appear poised to regain control of the House in the midterm elections and have a chance to regain a majority in the Senate. GOP candidates in various races across the country have closed polling gaps with their Democratic rivals and, in some cases, taken or widened leads in recent weeks.
Maher claimed that after Republicans regain control of Congress, they will begin to impeach President Biden and “will never stop.” He said they would impeach him for overseeing the botched evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan, supporting Ukraine, inflation, a recession and “falling off his bike”.
Several ultra-conservative congressmen and candidates have called for impeaching Biden on issues including the economy and border security, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) played down the likelihood that the GOP will.
Maher said Biden will be a “paralyzed duck” when he runs against former President Trump, who is expected to announce a third White House for the 2024 election cycle in weeks.
Maher said that even if Trump loses, he will “show up” for inauguration in 2025 and have behind him an “army of election deniers” who will be elected in the midterm elections on Tuesday.
The host pointed to a slew of Republican candidates running this midterm cycle who support Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Maher said those candidates, once elected, will write the vote count rules in 2024.
He also criticized Tim Michels, the GOP candidate for governor of Wisconsin, for his comments on the future election.
“It’s really a time to cross the Rubicon, when Holocaust deniers are elected, which is often how countries slide into authoritarianism,” Maher said. “Not with tanks in the streets, but by the voters who then have no intention of ever returning it.”
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