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Friday, December 15, 2017

Bill Maher, always an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, could only ask WTF after the first week of “the war on facts.” Appearing on his HBO show, Maher kept rubbing his eyes during his monologue, wondering “if Abilify is right for me,” and fretting about the craziness of the new president

It is disturbing to Maher that Trump sees “multitudes that don’t exist,” suggesting that his obsession with the crowd sizes at his inauguration versus Barack Obama’s may reflect an even deeper (and darker) insecurity. The mad mythologizing by White House press secretary, with its deployment of “alternative facts,” evoked a comparison between the Trump administration and a noxious cult:  “The difference between Scientology and Donald Trump is that Scientology has better celebrities.”

But the Women’s March and sister marches across the world encourage Maher — at last, he says, “we have our own Tea Party — except with more teeth and no spelling errors on the posters.”

Yes, Maher’s brand of humor is especially suited to this dark time.

 

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