Bill Maher: Jussie Smollett Case Shows Victims Should Be Taken Seriously, But Should ‘Not Always Be Believed’

Last night Bill Maher talked with his panel about the Jussie Smollett hoax and said this is why victims should be taken seriously but not necessarily believed.

“It seems to me that what it said about America,” Maher said, “is that there is nothing as powerful as a victim, and that is a big problem in this country. He wanted to be a victim.”

Former DNC chair Donna Brazile noted it was about money and attention, saying, “I’m angry with him, I’m upset with him, and he owes not only the city of Chicago an apology––there are real-life victims out there today.”

“He played a terrible game,” she added.

Maher argued that the Smollett saga shows why “victims should be believed” is misguided:

“I feel like we’ve gone from this place where now I hear people say ‘Victims should be believed.’ Victims should be taken serious. Victims should not always be believed. Take you seriously, that’s a big difference, but we seemed to have skipped that step.”

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