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#EndorseThis: Bill Maher Lampoons 'Thirsty' Fox News Attempts To Attract Viewers

Fox News is known for its far-right hosts clogging the airwaves with GOP propaganda, conspiracy theories, and rancid racism. But to Bill Maher, "these desperate attempts to attract an audience feel a bit thirsty" for a network that is losing audience rapidly.

The Real Time host obliterates the Murdoch "news" network but he has some suggestions, firing off show titles like "Inside Sedition," "The Segregation Room," and so many more. It's the perfect punch of comedy for your Monday afternoon. Enjoy!

#EndorseThis: "Hello, Douchebags" Is How Bill Maher Greets Up-And-Coming Wing-Nuts

Bill Maher, host of Real Time on HBO, loves to say "farewell, douchebags" at the end of an election cycle.It's his traditional way of seeing off all the losing lunatics (otherwise generally known as Republicans). But the far right is producing these nut-jobs faster than ever.

So even as we're enjoying the exit of Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence, and the orange man who shall not be named, there's a whole new crop of "douchebags" swarming over the capital -- and Maher feels he must introduce them to us, with appropriate burns.

You will recognize most of them. And you will laugh, uproariously.

New Rule: Hello, Douchebags! | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) www.youtube.com

Sanders Says ‘Plans Will Be Made’ To Remove Trump If Necessary

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made it clear that plans will be made to remove President Donald Trump from the White House if he loses the election and refuses to leave office.

Sanders spoke with HBO host Bill Maher, where he discussed the importance of the upcoming election as he urged liberal voters to cast their ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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#EndorseThis: Maher Calls Trump Speeches A Pedophile Talking To Nazis

Sometimes in our “teaser” email for #EndorseThis, we keep things a little bit mysterious. It’s not merely for “bait” to draw the reader in, though we love when you visit us! Instead, think of it like a director not wanting to give away the whole movie with a title card. When a headline tells you everything, it’s not as fun to read the fine print.

For today’s clip, though, there can be no hiding the contents of a war-like monologue from Bill Maher.

The host returns to “Real Time” after a month’s vacation and calls the Trump rally phenomenon “hillbilly Nuremberg.” Maher then caps off an epic rant on the POTUS and Trump voters by labeling Q-Anon believers a gang of hypocrites. Q-Anon touts lurid Hollywood tall-tales while ignoring a pet President’s past with a certain beauty pageant…and the sexualization of young Ivanka.

Bill Cosby’s rape allegations were already well-known when Cosby was called-out by comedian Hannibal Buress. Could Maher’s hyperbolic, explosive monologue help cause a similar reckoning for Trump?

Click for the “pedo”-tape.

#EndorseThis: Bill Maher Guest Explains Why Trump Pardons Fail

President Trump is (sort of) trying to reverse the White House narrative on race. He has pardoned or otherwise granted clemency to three people of color in a row, and floated the idea of many more pardons. Trump is even interested in pardoning Muhammad Ali, though experts agree the move would be a pointless publicity stunt.

But there’s a bigger problem. Only one of the three pardons was a legitimate humanitarian freeing of a black woman, Alice Marie Johnson. Another was Dinesh D’Souza, a political ally of Trump’s, and another was Jack Johnson, a deceased boxer.

In today’s clip, Real Time with Bill Maher guest Michael Eric Dyson gives 45 some simple advice.

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#EndorseThis: Maher And Geraldo Channel Vidal And Buckley In Epic Debate

If campaigns are Thoroughbred races, then political debates are prizefights. A truly great debate will see both sides laid down for the count, only to come back with a flurry of point-scoring.

This clip from Real Time With Bill Maher begins with Fox News correspondent (and loyal Trump ally) Geraldo Rivera sparring with Maher over the character of the POTUS. The host points out that 45 is a sleazy person. Geraldo weakly says he knows and likes The Donald as a friend. Bill pounces, pointing out that O.J. Simpson was once a good-time buddy to other celebrities.

Then, the magic. Maher says he no longer looks up to Rivera as a journalist given the latter’s irrational support of Trump. When the O.J. analogy turns into an attack, Geraldo channels the moment from 1968 when William Buckley told Gore Vidal, “Stop calling me (a Nazi) or I’ll sock you in the (expletive) face.”

Press play to see a classic bout reenacted in real time.

#EndorseThis: Bill Maher Trolls Trump’s Preposterous Sycophants

Surveying our political wreckage, Bill Maher observes that the culture of the American presidency under Trump is coming to resemble the kind of backward dictatorships that we used to despise (and most of us still do), with surging nepotism, corruption, pomposity, and authoritarian tendencies. Topping it all off is the absurdly exaggerated praise routinely heaped upon the president by courtiers and other toadies, which increasingly sound like the mad encomiums to the “Dear Leader” that have long made North Korea an object of world ridicule.

To mark this decline in national dignity, the HBO host has established a new “Ass-Kisser of the Month Award.” You won’t be surprised by the runners up — including Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro and former campaign functionary turned lobbyist Corey Lewandowksi — or the winner, who currently works in the White House. But it’s still funny to watch these already debased personalities grovel before their orange idol. (With Jim Vandehei of Axios Media, Rebecca Traister of New York magazine, and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.)

#EndorseThis: Bill Maher Explores Trump’s Deepest, Darkest Insecurities

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.