During a Friday night live taping of HBO’s Real Time, a member of the studio audience and obvious supporter of President Donald Trump interrupted comedian and show host Bill Maher by shouting a decidedly pro-trump message.
According to the Washington Examiner, the protester demanded the host stop “trashing our great president and our great country.”
The audience immediately drowned out the protester with a round of boos.
The shouting came amid Maher’s discussion with conservative commentator Buck Sexton. The two were discussing Rep. John Ratcliffe’s withdrawal to become Trump’s next director of national intelligence.
Sexton quickly chimed in after the protester was escorted out, jokingly saying, “I do not know him, by the way. I do not know him.”
“I see you brought a guest,” Maher said to Sexton before standing up.
Maher then directly addressed the protester, acknowledging that it was obvious he was a fan of Trump.
“This is not the first time I’ve had to go into the audience, but we’ve got to get faster moving security people, I’m telling you,” Maher added.
“I know you’re going to make America great again. You’ve made your point — I don’t know what it was, but you’ve made your point. And I think your point was that you like Trump, and there are a lot of people who like Trump.”
You can watch the full exchange in the video below.
The audience laughed as Maher directed security to “make sure he doesn’t have a gun” as the protester was escorted out of the studio.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 3, 2019
Maher recently raised eyebrows after returning from a month-long hiatus, only to lecture the Democratic party on the pitfalls of embracing “left-wing extremism,” according to Mediaite.
He reassured his audience that even moderate voters suffer from what he called “Trump fatigue” and will vote against him in spite of a booming economy, just to return to a sense of normalcy in Washington D.C., but explained that it will never happen if the party travels too far to the left.
“All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump, and, of course, they’re blowing it,” Maher emphasized, “coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in ‘America sucks.'”
He also pointed out that he believes Americans are tired of Trump’s tweets and his “unpresidential” behavior, while explaining that “Trump fatigue” is the best thing Democratic candidates have going for them at the moment.
Trump and Maher have a rocky history, which includes a $5 million lawsuit brought against the comedian in 2013 that spawned from a challenge he issued to Trump, according to CNN.
Maher jokingly told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” that he would give $5 million to Trump to donate to a charity of his choice if Trump could prove that he wasn’t “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
The joke was in response to a financially similar challenge that Trump offered former president Barack Obama, in which he offered $5 million if Obama would release his college transcripts and his passport records prior to the 2012 election.
Trump went on to provide proof that his father wasn’t, in fact, an orangutan and when Maher failed to pay up, Trump filed suit in a Los Angeles court. He later withdrew the lawsuit and promised to file an “amended complaint,” but never did, according to Law & Crime.