Bill Maher roots for recession so that Trump loses in 2020
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Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherA community of public servants is at our disposal, if only we'd train it Bill Maher for Biden's 'Minister of Truth' Without Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable MORE on Friday said he "really" wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee 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 ScaramucciBiden doubles down on normal at White House Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' 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 HannityCruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB Former Trump officials eye bids for political office 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.