Republicans “Don’t Do Epiphany,” Invoice Maher Warns As Trump Verdict Looms; Steve Schmidt Defends Lincoln Undertaking Mission Amid Scandal
As Valentine’s Day draws nearer, “there’s nothing to get you into romance like a solid week of bloody riot videos,” said Bill Maher on Friday as the former president’s impeachment process could be completed tomorrow. (As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t hard enough on lockdown, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher host said, “Let me get that refrigerator door for you.”) But before the Senate vote, he pressed hopeful dems and anti- Trump Conservatives keep their fingers crossed for a condemnation after showing so many disturbing footage of the Capitol attack during the trial, reminding them that Republicans “make no revelation”. Conviction is considered extremely unlikely as 17 Republicans have to vote with 50 Democrats. “They never come over,” said Maher. “That’s the problem with Democrats. I always hope. It’s Charlie Brown with the football thing. ”
His special guest Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) can be an exception. The former U.S. Air Force pilot recently launched the Country First PAC to remove the Republican Party from Trump’s influence and was one of ten Republicans in the House to vote in favor of the former POTUS after the January 6 riot.
“We need a Republican party that is not crazy,” said Kinzinger, admitting that it is a Herculean task. “I cannot be successful. I am at peace with trying. Somebody has to do something. “
“If I could go back now, I would be voting for Joe Biden right away,” he said.
Steve Schmidt, founder of the Lincoln Project and MSNBC staff member at the studio, defended the group’s effectiveness in the campaign against Trump – he eventually lost – and the money he spent when Maher berated him about the group’s finances – the came under fire. However, the host declined to ask about a scandal over the past month. John Weaver, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, reportedly sent unsolicited sexual emails to several young men, including a 14-year-old. Schmidt, who said he and the rest of the group’s leadership were unaware of the allegations, resigned from the board himself on the Friday before Real Time was broadcast.
Schmidt tweeted that he had created a place for a female board member as a first step in reforming group leadership. “It’s time to step back from the start – to get mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy. I look forward to being on HBO with Bill Maher in real time tonight and then taking some much-needed time off. “
Maher ended with New Rules’ pounding on pandemic inequality, the gig economy – and the nation’s obsession with families as the proportion of individual Americans doubled in the past 50 years. Mitt Romney’s possible near-death experience at the Capitol last month did not apologize for a “renewed commitment to American families” just last week in which he repeated the words “American families” a dozen times. “Shut up! Do politicians ever get how insulting this is to such a large crush of people?” Maher asked. “You like children and family? Great. You do. But for millions of others who sleep well, the remote control not sharing or changing dirty diapers, never having to have a relationship conversation or hear a passive-aggressive sigh. Priceless. “
Donald Trump’s attorney plays Madonna, Johnny Depp notes, trying to equate Democratic rhetoric with ex-president calls for “fight”