Comedian Bill Maher warned on Friday that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump — involving “hush money” allegedly paid to former porn star Stormy Daniels – could backfire in a big way.
Maher came out swinging at Trump during his monologue, noting that the former president and current presidential candidate was the target of several investigations, and argued that former Secretary of State and failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was probably the only one laughing.
Trump has to be the first guy ever to pay a porn star to shut her mouth. pic.twitter.com/5DUqFhSi8J
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 25, 2023
“All week everybody’s been on pins and needles because we thought that word was going to come down, that Trump was going to be indicted and arrested. And it’s true. Trump may be indicted in a criminal investigation,” Maher began. “And everybody in this country said the same thing. Which one? There’s 4.”
“Of course, I think the person who is really laughing about all this is Hillary,” Maher. continued, referencing repeated calls from Trump and his supporters for his 2016 opponent to be taken to jail. “She’s — she’s home going, ‘Who’s getting locked up now, b****?’”
The comedian went on to clarify that the only case appearing to approach a possible indictment and arrest was the case being brought by Bragg — and he wasn’t at all sure that was a wise move.
“Okay, so I really don’t want to give Donald Trump the satisfaction of talking about him. I thought when he was gone, he’d be gone a little bit. But you know, there is an ex-president out there now who’s going to be arrested, possibly,” Maher added, proceeding to explain why he thought arresting Trump was the wrong way to go.
“I just would like to go on record of saying I think this is a colossal mistake if they bring these charges,” Maher said, arguing that he absolutely believed Trump had done bad things — even this particular bad thing — but saying that wasn’t what would matter when it came to the public response.
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“It’s not going to work. It’s going to be rocket fuel for his 2024 campaign. And it’s just going to look to MAGA nation like, oh, you know, you tried with Mueller, you tried with Ukraine, you tried with January 6. Now we go to the porn star. Really? You’re down to that?” he said.
CNN’s Van Jones took heat from the left for making a similar statement earlier in the week, arguing that Bragg would be wise to sit back and allow Georgia to make the first move against Trump over alleged election interference.
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