On Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher and acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) agreed to team up to stop Donald Trump. Maher sat down with Moore to talk about his new film, Where to Invade Next, and then the duo spent a few minutes conversing about Trump. At the end of the discussion, Bill asked Moore a question that led to some intriguing dialogue:
Maher: From now until the election, I’m just going to ask everybody on this show—I don’t care if it gets boring—how do we stop Donald Trump? Nobody seems to have a strategy.
Moore: You and I are going to take him down.
Maher: I’m down brother.
Moore: No seriously this is the end of Donald Trump. He is not going to the White House…
Maher: You tell me where to show up, I’ll be there.
Maher: I promise you that we’ll do something that…we’ll hope for a good prosecutor.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) May 14, 2016
Moore and Maher are no strangers to voicing their opinions on Trump. Bill makes it a regular element of his show, to not only mock Donald, but to discuss how he can be stopped. In an episode of Real Time last March, he referred to Trump as “…a spoiled five-year-old child…,” and said, “If there’s anything scarier than the fact that Donald Trump thinks he’s the most important person in the world, it’s that in eight months, he could be.” In 2015 when Trump talked about banning all Muslims, Michael Moore composed a letter on his website, which reads in part:
…Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.
So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.
We are all Muslim.
Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said.
And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong — at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You’re not so tough, Donny, and I’m glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.
We are all Muslim. Deal with it.
All my best,
The question of how to stop Trump is one that, so far, hasn’t been answered successfully. Although many rallied behind the #stoptrump and #nevertrump movements, including major Republican players like Lindsey Graham, they failed in stopping the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Trump has flip-flopped on major issues, used hateful rhetoric, and dodged questions about foreign policy; yet, his popularity remains very high among his supporters. And while many prominent Republicans used to be against Donald Trump, like John McCain (who was viciously mocked by him), they now are urging Republicans to support him. Maher asked his panel on Friday’s Real Time:
“What strategy can you employ against the guy who does not have to play by the normal rules? Everything he does that’s crazy is just somehow baked into the cake and dismissed. What should we do? What is the strategy?”
Maybe Moore and Maher can find out the answer to that question together.
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