Bill Maher roots for recession so that Trump loses in 2020
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Comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherMaher goes after Manchin: 'Most powerful Republican in the Senate' Maher calls college a 'grift,' compares it to Scientology Bill Maher rips celebrities considering running for office as malignant narcissists MORE on Friday said he "really" wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care 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 ScaramucciInfluential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Anthony Scaramucci joining CNBC as a contributor Biden doubles down on normal at White House 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 HannityPoll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election 9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 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.