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

Comedian Bill Maher called for former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMeet the Democrats' last best hope of preserving a House majority Franken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour MORE (D-Minn.) to “get back in the game” to help Democrats defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE in 2020.

“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.”