Bill Maher had serious criticisms of Fox News and placed blame on the network for the violence that took place in Charlottesville last weekend.
“They are the Jurassic Park that took the DNA of the Nazis and reanimated it,” Maher stated. “I believe that without Fox News for years giving the kind of poison they give over their airwaves, putting it into people’s heads, and then the internet, I think, which you know––people say they get radicalized on the internet. Before if you were a neo-Nazi, unless you found somebody in a coffee shop––now you can find someone on the internet. And then the president gave permission to them.”
He called Fox News, the internet, and President Trump “the perfect storm” that led to what happened last week.
Political analyst Amy Holmes compared the online neo-Nazi community to pedophiles, saying “social media is magnifying” these groups.
“Which is why the president had a special responsibility to denounce it,” she elaborated. “And he had a special responsibility as president of the United States to speak to the concerns and the values of his fellow Americans, which in vast numbers opposes this ugliness and disgrace we saw in the streets.”
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom claimed that “this is who Trump is” and went after those who were appalled by his reaction.
“Did they not pay attention to this past election?” he asked. “Did they not pay attention to Donald Trump’s entire career going back 44 years of discrimination lawsuits he was up against?”
“He’s been a racist his whole life,” Maher reacted.
But Maher then turned his attention back to Fox News, pointing out that Trump echoed exact lines during his press conference that seemingly came from several anchors and pundits from that network.
“He watches Fox News all the time!” Maher exclaimed. “Over the last 20 years, I’ve encountered so many people, usually older people––older white men––who I thought were normal people and they suddenly were saying things at Hollywood cocktail parties like ‘[President] Obama purposely ruined America.’ Purposely!”
Maher added that “now your crazy right-wing uncle who ruins Thanksgiving is the president.”
“Roger Ailes did not live to see the Promise Land. He’s like a Douchebag Moses,” he continued. “He never saw how powerful Fox News is. That this is all what the president does all day is watch this sh*t and then parrot it.”
Holmes defended Fox News, saying there are plenty of anchors and pundits like Martha MacCallum and Charles Krauthammer who criticize the president.
Newsom called Fox News the “Russian television” equivalent for the Trump administration.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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