Maher presses Bolton for not backing Biden: How could he 'be worse' than Trump?

"Real Time" host Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Maher presses Bolton for not backing Biden: How could he 'be worse' than Trump? MORE on Friday pressed former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpart Why Trump can't make up his mind on China The benefits of American disinterest in world affairs MORE on why he's not throwing his support behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE come November after the longtime foreign policy hawk criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE as damaging to the country.

Bolton this week released his new memoir, "The Room Where It Happened," despite the Trump administration's efforts to block it. The book paints a chaotic and divisive scene at senior levels of the White House and includes a number of allegations about the president himself.

"You say coddling of [North Korean leader] Kim [Jong Un] made you ill. ... Siding with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin at Helsinki. Abandoning the Kurds. You called the Ukrainian thing that got him impeached a 'drug deal.' You didn’t want any part of that," Maher said to Bolton on Friday, referencing some of topics that Bolton discusses in his book.

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"You were there when he said to [President] Xi [Jinping] of China, people are talking about maybe repealing that law that says I can’t only have two terms. And yet you won’t vote for Biden. ... How could Biden be worse? What could the Democrat be that you think this list could be surpassed by?" Maher asked.

Bolton responded that his "opposition" to Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is "philosophical."

"I wish there were a conservative Republican I could vote for who had a chance of winning, but there’s not," he added on the show.

Maher retorted that voters "only get two choices” in November's general election.

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Bolton has been fiercely critical of Trump while promoting his new book, saying this week he hopes Trump will be remembered as a one-term president and saying he poses a "danger for the republic."

Trump, who has sought to delegitimize Bolton, has also repeatedly lashed out at him, calling him a "wacko" and "incompetent."

The president has claimed that much of Bolton's book is false, while the Justice Department has simultaneously alleged that it contains classified information, claims Bolton's lawyer has rejected.