HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher said on his show Friday that he more fears the United States becoming like North Korea under President Donald Trump than he fears North Korea attacking the U.S.
Maher’s comments come after days of political and military aggression from North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong-Un, who threatened on Wednesday to bomb the Western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.
Noting that he is fearful of North Korea preemptively attacking the U.S., Maher said his “bigger fear is we’re becoming North Korea” under Trump.
The liberal host went on to cite several reasons why he believes that. First, Maher cited a press conference Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave recently on government leaks. Maher claimed no one really cares what the Department of Justice is going to do differently moving forward with leaks and said the press conference was really just to appease Trump.
“When state government is functioning that way, when you’re doing a press conference to be seen by just the ‘dear leader,’” Maher said.
Next, Maher cited a report from Vice News this week that revealed Trump allegedly receives a twice-a-day “flattery report.” Maher mocked the report as “Snickers for [Trump’s] ego.”
Maher then cited a poll that made waves this week because it revealed a large number of Republicans said they would be in favor of postponing the 2020 presidential election if it was discovered that undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election. Finally, to make his point, Maher explained the “coup de grâce”: an op-ed from a Fox News political analyst exploring whether or not Trump supporters — and Americans at large — would really care if Trump was guilty of any wrongdoing in regards to Russia.
“We started with: ‘We had no contact with the Russians,’ then we went to, ‘OK, but no collusion,’ then ‘OK, collusion, but collusion isn’t a crime,’” Maher explained. “Now, we’ve come all the way to: ‘Is it such a crime to commit a crime?’”
“This is what I worry about,” Maher emphasized.
Watch the segment below. The relevant portion begins around 3:55: