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

"Real Time" host Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherCleveland Indians name change to Guardians profoundly stupid, unnecessary The steady erosion of Trump-hate is a growing problem for Team Biden Comedians are right: Authoritarian Democrats are also a problem MORE on Friday pressed former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE on why he's not throwing his support behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE come November after the longtime foreign policy hawk criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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.