Bill Maher: 'I want to see Al Franken debate Donald Trump'

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“We need Democrats to keep a laser focus on the one issue that really matters; finding out what is Trump’s kryptonite. I think it’s ridicule. The one thing that gets under his skin … is being made fun of,” Maher said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”


“To fight him, we need a comedian … I, Bill Maher, think it would be a great idea if Al Franken got back in the game,” he added.

Franken, a former star on Saturday Night Live who twice won election to the Senate, was pressured to resign after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him surfaced last year. 

Multiple women came forward toward the end of 2017 to accuse him of kissing or groping them without consent.

His resignation stirred a debate surrounding what conduct is and is not acceptable following the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

“We could have 'Me Too' and Al Franken. They’re not mutually exclusive,” Maher said. “It’s time to get Al off the bench so he can come back and do what he does better than any other Democrat: taking down right-wing blowhards. I want to see Al Franken debate Donald Trump. And by the way, so do you.”