"Real Time" host Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherWhoopi Goldberg rips Bill Maher over COVID-19 remarks: 'How dare you be so flippant' Bill Maher says Biden lacks 'passionate defenders,' 'get-up-and-go' Bill Maher pushes back on Fauci: 'Don't sit there in your white coat and tell me "Just do what we say"' MORE began his Friday evening show with a message slamming the narrative of many protesters across the country, calling the idea of defunding the police "f---ing stupid" and a "terrible idea."
He talked about how the recent narrative by protesters has been widely supportive of "liberals [who] want to take police money — police funds — and divert it to community service," saying it sounds like a good idea.
However, Maher had qualms with the phrasing used to describe reallocating the funding of law enforcement.
"They're calling it 'defund the police,' which sounds bad! That is so Democrats for you. They must have meetings to be this f---ing stupid about politics. 'Hey, guys. We're making some headway here. Um, how can we turn this into something that makes people have to vote for Trump?'"
He later said during his panel discussion that "defunding" was a "terrible way to put it," adding that "only a third" of black Americans are supportive of defunding the police.
Maher referenced the protests in Minneapolis that erupted over police brutality and the death of George Floyd last month while in police custody. He pointed out that Mayor Jacob Frey (D) was ousted from the demonstrations because he said he would not abolish the city's police force.
"I worry that Democrats are wandering into another purity test that's not going to serve them well," Maher said. "And it's going to be about how much you want to get rid of police altogether."
Maher also used his opening monologue to tear into President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE over his accusations that a wounded 75-year-old Buffalo protester could have been an "ANTIFA provocateur" who was trying to "set up" law enforcement.
"Are we sure it was even the cops? It could have been Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph Scarborough'Morning Joe' hosts mock Trump De Blasio to decide 'very soon' on possible gubernatorial bid Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats need to to 'crack down' on 'old boys club' in Senate MORE," Maher riffed on the president's widely assumed conspiratorial tweet.
Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020