Bill Maher tees off on 'f---ing stupid' 'defund the police' message

"Real Time" host Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Bari Weiss rips cancel culture as 'social murder' on Bill Maher show Carville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race 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.

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"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."

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Maher also used his opening monologue to tear into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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 ScarboroughHillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation House Democrat calls on Facebook to take down doctored Pelosi video Hillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video MORE," Maher riffed on the president's widely assumed conspiratorial tweet.