Liberal comedian Bill Maher often boasts astir his vocal prediction that President Trump would garbage to time off agency willingly agelong earlier nan 2020 statesmanlike election. But possibly he tin adhd different feather to his headdress astir his increasing concerns astir President Biden's viability successful nan 2024 election.
Biden is facing intense media scrutiny pursuing nan explosive merchandise of Special Counsel Robert Hur's study that put a spotlight connected his "poor memory," saying successful interviews pinch investigators that he couldn't retrieve cardinal biographical specifications for illustration what years he served arsenic vice president and erstwhile his boy Beau died.
The fallout of nan report, successful summation to Biden's caller drawstring of gaffes, has some Democrats panicking and handed Maher immoderate vindication.
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Despite being a awesome protagonist of Biden's successful 2020, nan "Real Time" big began casting uncertainty connected his re-election prospects backmost successful January 2022 erstwhile polling astatine nan clip showed nan president pinch a 33% support standing and warned it "may person moreover further to fall" since location is nary "diehard Biden base," saying he had a "coalition of nan unenthused" during nan past election.
"Democrats must convey President Biden for his awesome work to America and past move him into a much ceremonial role," Maher said successful a monologue. "Joe Biden has been president now for a twelvemonth and a day. The time was beautiful good, but nan year? Not horrible, surely amended than nan alternative, but for immoderate reason, America has mislaid its religion successful Joe. Sometimes that conscionable happens."
"When he first sewage into office, I told you that Biden was for illustration non-dairy creamer; nobody's first prime but he sewage nan occupation done. And he did get nan occupation done successful 2020 erstwhile his federation needed him to hit Trump and he did!" he later exclaimed. "But adjacent aliases not, to astir group now, it looks for illustration Joe Biden's ‘Get up and go’ sewage up and went."
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While acknowledging Biden's unpopularity, Maher routinely defended Biden erstwhile he was attacked for his age, calling it "ageist" and moreover suggested he's gotten amended complete clip - astatine slightest erstwhile it came to his gaffes.
"Lot's of group person it successful their liking that he is gonna enactment senile and- I mean, everybody who is on-camera that overmuch is gonna make immoderate gaffes," Maher said successful May 2022. "And let's beryllium honest, he was a gaffe instrumentality erstwhile he was 40!"
In March 2023, Maher suggested Democrats couldn't hit Trump successful 2024 unless Biden runs.
"I deliberation if it's Biden against Trump, Biden will win. I do. Not guaranteed, but I deliberation that's a really bully bet. It was nan first clip and I deliberation it would nan 2nd clip moreover much so," Maher told CNN. "If it's Trump against Biden, I deliberation Biden will win. But if it's not Biden, I don't know."
Maher's reside began to drastically displacement successful September during a speech pinch Democratic strategist James Carville, going from believing Biden would beryllium nan only Democrat to conclusion Trump successful 2024 to becoming nan only Democrat who would suffer to nan erstwhile president.
"I deliberation we're connected nan aforesaid page pinch Biden. Did a awesome work but whereas successful 2020, possibly he was nan only 1 who could person beaten Trump, I deliberation now he's nan only 1 who will suffer to him," Maher told Carville connected his "Club Random" podcast. "And look, do I deliberation he tin do nan job? Absolutely. Government, arsenic you good cognize amended than anybody, is done successful mini rooms for illustration nan Oval Office, wherever group are talking softly and decisions are made. I deliberation he still tin do that fine. He cannot tally for president. He'll look bad successful nan debates. It's just, it's excessively - it's excessively much. And he's, I think, going to lose."
He's compared Biden to nan precocious Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who didn't measurement down during nan Obama years contempt her past wellness scares. She died successful 2020 and was replaced by Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Had she stepped down immoderate clip during nan first six years of Obama's presidency erstwhile Democrats controlled nan Senate, her wide replacement would person apt sailed to confirmation.
"He will beryllium Ruth Bader Biden, nan Ruth Bader Ginsburg of nan presidency," nan wide comedian said. "It's not a bully look. And immoderate 50ish, not stupid woke Democrat pinch a ‘D’ by their sanction - group conscionable ballot ‘D’ and ‘R.’ That personification tin win."
He doubled down connected nan "Ruth Bader Biden" analogy, selling merchandise featuring Biden dressed arsenic nan precocious justness pinch nan motto reading, "Time to go, Joe. Don't beryllium a Ruth Bader Biden."
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Separately connected his HBO show, Maher begged Biden to measurement aside.
"Someone has to person President Biden that if he runs again, he's going to move nan state backmost complete to Trump and spell down successful history arsenic Ruth Bader Biden, nan personification who doesn't cognize erstwhile to quit, and truthful does awesome harm to their statement and their country," Maher said.
He later continued, "What matters is voters deliberation Biden's excessively old. What matters is he's gonna suffer to Trump, who is almost nan aforesaid age, but his property conscionable doesn't publication for illustration Biden's. Maybe it's because Trump is insane. Maybe it's because he's ever a shot of white-hot anger, but for immoderate reason, he looks robust. And Joe looks for illustration his ain skeletal remains."
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Maher based on "this would not beryllium an issue" successful nan twelvemonth 1860 without nan 24-hour media news rhythm and erstwhile debates were only seen successful person, telling viewers "Joe's debates adjacent twelvemonth will beryllium televised to each and I don't deliberation he's going to look good."
He past made a nonstop plea to nan president, "Joe, you did noble work for your state and you cheque that large box, nan President of nan United States. Of course, arsenic a politician, you're people going to opportunity ‘but nan activity is not finished.’ Of people not, it ne'er is. But it's clip to fto personification other decorativeness it."
In October, Maher rejoiced successful consequence to nan run motorboat of Democratic challenger, Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips.
"He's 54! Did I mention he's 54?" Maher exclaimed. "He loves Biden. He says precisely what I say. He did a awesome job, but don't do it again. Family- self-made millionaire, nan family's successful nan integrated vodka business. Dean Phillips, I'm getting down him for president of nan United States."
Fast-forward to February 2024. Despite having called Biden's handling of classified documents "very shady" erstwhile nan ungraded first collapsed past year, Maher was wide dismissive of Hur's findings.
Still, nan quality of Biden's intelligence diminution had Maher rattled.
"I said he was going to beryllium nan Ruth Bader Ginsburg of statesmanlike politics… He stayed excessively agelong astatine nan fair," Maher said connected Friday. "Bubbling up this week… he won't do nan Super Bowl interview, which is not a difficult one, mixing up each nan world leaders and past this study that came out."
Maher recalled comments Biden made during nan 2020 predetermination rhythm erstwhile he referred to himself arsenic a "bridge" for Democrats, insisting that was a "big hint" that he wasn't intending to activity re-election.
"He said ‘I spot myself arsenic a bridge’ that's collapsing," Maher quipped. "'I spot myself arsenic a bridge.' I publication that arsenic 1 term. And I conjecture nan mobility now is, is it excessively late? And I don't deliberation it is because I still deliberation you tin do it astatine nan convention. People person said to me, 'Oh, that's ridiculous. They'll look like-' They'll look for illustration nothing. Nobody gives a f--- what they do astatine nan convention."
"You tin move him retired astatine nan convention… If a feline says 'I can't run,' past you person to do it. Then it has to beryllium personification else. Then it's an unfastened convention. We've had unfastened conventions galore times… They make it up arsenic they spell on anyway. It's politics," Maher later added.