Bill Maher is A-OK with another recession. In fact, he’s cheering it on.
The “Real Time with Bill Maher” broke out his recession pom-poms one more time Friday night. He’s becoming a broken record on the subject. Most journalists would excoriate Maher’s craving if a Democrat held the White House.
Maher escapes scrutiny, mainly because he sings from the progressive hymnal each week.
His latest recession dreams, as always, came sans caveats.
“So I’ve been saying for about two years that I hope we have a recession,” Bill Maher said. “And people get mad at me, as Sean Hannity thinks I’m actually causing a recession. I’m just saying we can survive a recession. We’ve had 47 of them. We’ve had one every time there’s a Republican president.”
“So, yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kind of policies,” Maher said after citing a dubious United Nations report that claims a million species are at risk of extinction.
There’s plenty of flawed logic to unpack, but the critical Maher line actually came during an exchange held on last week’s HBO show.
“I really do,” Maher responded when challenged on his desire for an economic downturn. “We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term.”
A recession is better than the end of the U.S., right?
Only it doesn’t appear the country is collapsing in any way, shape or form. That doesn’t square with Maher’s rationale. Nor does it align with noted political science guru, and Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence’s prediction.
A Trump presidency, she said in 2015, would mean “the end of the world.”
Maher and Lawrence are hardly alone when it comes to doom and gloom pronouncements. The Hollywood Resistance is full of it, the kind of post apocalyptic banter that doesn’t remotely square with the America we see all around us.
That can only work to the president’s advantage.
Heck, the publicity push surrounding Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” egged on by the show’s cast, involves how Trump’s America is shockingly close to what’s seen on screen. Just listen to the show’s star, Elisabeth Moss, weigh in on the comparisons.
“We went to D.C. and shot at the Lincoln Memorial, and I find it incredibly moving what Lincoln stood for, what’s written on the walls, what those monuments stand for,” she said. “The principles that this country was built on are important and we’re losing them — and perhaps we’ve already lost them. You feel a sense of responsibility and you feel honored telling this story at this time.
Joss Whedon doubled down on that kind of hysteria. The “Avengers” director suggested President Trump would start rounding up and killing gay Americans. He asked his fellow #Resistance warriors to stand up to this threat, or it will be too late.
Whedon made that warning more than two years ago. We’ve yet to see any tangible signs of such an effort. It’s possible Whedon got the idea from MSNBC, a channel where the craziest conspiracy theories are treated as sane, even probable. The far-left network’s Nicole Wallace recently said, without a shred of evidence, President Trump planned to kill Latinos.
She later offered a tepid apology but suffered no consequences from her employer.
Celebrities also warn us that Trump’s less than eco-friendly agenda will kill the planet.
Once again, it’s hysteria time, but it’s worse than that. Even if the U.S. adopted the Green New Deal, which died a spectacular death via a nonbinding resolution in the Senate, the rest of the world would keep on polluting the environment.
The results would be similar, if not eventually the same, minus massive worldwide change. Meanwhile, the same stars who tell us the world is on fire have carbon footprints that dwarf most Americans.
Taylor Swift understands how all this Hollywood hyperbole can backfire on the Resistance. She recently embraced a hard-left political posture after years of staying silent.
The superstar suffered blowback in 2016 for not taking a stand in the presidential race. She explained to Vogue magazine why she didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton at that time.
“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” she said of Donald Trump though she did not refer to him by name.
“He was going around saying, ‘I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew. I knew I wasn’t going to help,” she recalled.
Does anyone think President Trump will back off on that strategy as we head into the 2020 presidential campaign? He’ll be aided by a celebrity culture that swears the sky is falling … when nary a cloud has drifted down to earth.
Advantage: President Donald Trump.