Bill Maher roots for recession so that Trump loses in 2020
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Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherRush, Trish and left-leaning media: Is it opinion or news reporting? Colbert celebrates lack of audience as late night shows suspend production for coronavirus Bill Maher defends Chris Matthews, mocks harassment claim MORE on Friday said he "really" wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos 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 ScaramucciWell-wishes pour in across media for Chris Cuomo after coronavirus diagnosis The Memo: Trump mulls the biggest gamble of his presidency The Memo: Trump's coronavirus briefings face criticism 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 HannityThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans with COVID-19 immunity may lead US back to work Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Trump hits Biden for suggesting virus may force Democrats to hold virtual convention 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.