George Will Tells Maher GOP is Not a Trump Cult: It’s Not Worship, It’s ‘Fear’


On Friday night, conservative columnist George Will sat down with Bill Maher and weighed in on the Trump presidency and the current state of the Republican Party.

Maher began the conversation by asking Will to respond to remarks made by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) that the GOP has become “cult-ish” in its handling of President Trump, something Will didn’t exactly agree with.

“It’s not a cult. A cult implies misguided if sincere worship. This is fear,” Will told Maher. “They’re not worshipful, they are invertebrates. they are frightened.”

Will did agree with Maher that there’s a “cult of personality” among Trump’s supporters, who he said are “vengeful” if you differ from the president, but added that he is “the biggest threat” to Republicans in Congress who want to seek reelection.

However, when asked about if the Republican Party “bears responsibility” for the rise of Donald Trump, the #NeverTrump conservative warned Democrats that something similar can happen to the in 2020.

“Let me give Democrats a warning,” Will said. “In the summer of 2015, you had 18 Republican candidates on stage and the most lurid stood out. In the summer of 2018, there will be 18 Democrats on stage and maybe the most lurid will stand out there. The idea that only the Republican Party or only the right can produce something like Donald Trump is naive and cheerful.”

“Really?” Bill Maher responded. “Name somebody  on the left who is in any way comparable to Donald Trump. Who is lurid on the left?”

“I can’t name them now,” Will answered, “but-”

“You mean someone lurid will rise in the next year?” Maher followed up.

“They might and they might become more lurid as they compete to stand out in this crowd on the stage,” Will elaborated.

Watch the clip above, via HBO.

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