Bill Maher roots for recession so that Trump loses in 2020
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Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession' Maher hits back at Tlaib: Does she 'want to boycott 93 percent of her own party?' MORE on Friday said he "really" wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's chances of winning reelection.

During a discussion on his show with panelists including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), Maher said the U.S. could "survive" another recession but warned it would not withstand a second term of a Trump presidency.

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The exchange began with commentator Tom Nichols remarking about Trump's trade policies, saying "I'm not wishing for a recession, but if the farmers want to keep touching the hot stove."

“Well, you should be," Maher interjected. "Because that will definitely get him unelected."

"But Bill, you don’t really want a recession," shot back Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy Trump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' MORE, Trump's former White House communications director and a now occasional critic of the administration.

“I really do. We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term,” Maher responded.

Maher also mockingly addressed Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannitySarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Trump's latest plan to undermine Social Security Trump calls Juan Williams 'pathetic,' 'always nasty and wrong' MORE in the clip after Maher said he hoped for a recession, telling the Fox News host that he had no power to actually cause one.

"Sean, if you're watching, I'm not a genie. I can't make it happen," Maher said. “I'm just wishing it. If it happens, it will be because of your lord and savior, Donald J. Trump.”

Maher made similar comments last June on his show, at the time saying "bring on the recession" to get rid of the president.

"Sorry if that hurts people but it's either root for a recession or you lose your democracy," he said last year.