Maher stands by recession remarks: 'Very worth' getting rid of Trump

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 continued his calls for another economic recession, claiming it would tank President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE's shot at reelection in 2020 and be "very worth" ending his policies.

Speaking with a panel with political consultant Rick Wilson and journalists Betsy Woodruff and Carl Hulse, Maher dismissed criticism from people who “get mad” at rooting for a recession, singling out Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Cuomo pushes back on Trump over ventilators: 'I operate on facts' MORE in particular and noting “I do not have this power.”

“I’m just saying we can survive a recession. We've had 47 of them. We've had one every time there's a Republican president,” Maher declared. “They don’t last forever. You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species!”

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Maher and his panel criticized the Trump administration’s announcement on Monday that it would push to roll back protections for endangered species and allow for economic factors to be weighed before adding animals to the list.

The "Real Time" host blasted Trump over the move, calling the rollback “what any evil villain would do.”

Maher finished his show of support for a recession by declaring, “Yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies.”

Last week, Maher told his audience that he "really" wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin Trump's chances of winning reelection.

Maher also 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 then.