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Maher Doubles Down On Call For a Recession To Get Rid of Trump: Recessions Are Survivable, Trump is Not

Bill Maher closed his show Friday night by going after his critics over remarks he made about “hoping” for a recession in order to “get rid” of President Donald Trump.

Earlier this month, Maher had a panel discussion about the economy and how the “bottom has to fall out at some point” and that he was “hoping for it.”

“Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy,” Maher previously said. “So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession  or you lose your democracy.”

Maher faced some backlash for his remarks. And now, he’s fighting back.

“Anyone who went apesh*t the last two weeks because I said going through a recession would be worth it if it meant undermining Trump’s popularity has to enroll in college and take a course in perspective,” Maher began. “A recession is a survivable event. What Trump is doing to this country is not.”

Maher elaborated that we’ve survived recessions “every time a Republican is in the White House” and warned that another recession coming not because he’s “rooting for it” but because Trump passed a “tax giveaway to the rich” and staring a “trade war.”

“Those are actual policies from men with real power as opposed to me who just made a wish!” Maher exclaimed.

He name-dropped several of his critics including Laura Ingraham, Alex Jones, and Sarah Palin and dispelled the notion that he had a net worth of $100 million.

“I do? That’s awesome!” a surprised Maher reacted.

“Some things are more important than money and one of them is living in a country that reasonably resembles the one that existed 1776 to 2016,” Maher continued. “In a situation this grave, it is not crazy to use economic manipulation. That’s what sanctions are. We pinch countries in the pocket books so that they act better. Just think of this as sanctions against ourselves.”

Maher wrapped up by saying he’s not “rooting for a disaster” because it’s “already here.”

Watch the clip above, via HBO.

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