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Andrew Sullivan and Bill Maher Battle Over Hillary: She’s ‘A Talent-Free Hack’

PicMonkey CollageOn Real Time with Bill Maher, the conversation quickly turned contentious regarding the candidacy of Secretary Hillary Clinton. The panel — comprised of blogger Andrew Sullivan, Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas, and New America Foundation CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter — took turns defending, then railing, against the flaws of the Clinton campaign.

Sullivan argued as Clinton’s fiercest critic, and frequently drew disapproving jeers from Bill Maher’s audience. Sullivan tore into Clinton’s time at the State Department, identifying the “disastrous Libya invasion which repeated every mistake that George W. Bush made.”

Despite Maher’s oft-cited criticisms of Clinton, the show’s host found himself forced to defend the Presidential candidate to the forceful rhetoric of Sullivan. Maher added, “Why do you hate her so much? Were you molested by a real estate lady?…she’s a boring centrist, it should never raise to the level of hate.”

Anne-Marie Slaughter also came to Clinton’s defense identifying the social achievements Clinton made at every level of her public life, arguing, “She worked for women at every single level of her career.”

As soon as Sullivan turned to the issue of the email server, the audience again turned on him. He cited the “…dumb error with the email server,” and noted that 60% of the country doesn’t think she’s trustworthy. Maher quickly retorted, “60% of the country believes in Noah’s Arc!”

Before the conversation spun even further out of control, Maher drew it to an abrupt close and settled it with “I get it — you don’t like her.”

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