Republicans and Democrats have often speculated that the other side hopes for their failure even if it meant hurting other people in the country.
On Friday’s “Real Time,” comedian Bill Maher seemed unashamed of that hope, saying that he wanted America to experience an economic recession so that President Donald Trump wouldn’t get re-elected.
Watch Maher’s comments below:
Video: @BillMaher: “One way you get rid of @realDonaldTrump is a crashing economy, so please bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or lose your democracy.” #RealTime #TTT pic.twitter.com/wSd6jNYueC
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) June 9, 2018
After noting that the economy was “going pretty well,” Maher said:
“I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I’m hoping for it. Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.”
Maher said he was sorry if that would hurt some people but said that was a fair price for saving America’s “democracy.”
Maher’s comments came amid great news for the economy under Trump. The unemployment rate, for example, fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest level in 18 years. Unemployment among individuals who are African-American also fell to the lowest level ever recorded by the government.
In response to the low unemployment figure, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a different tact than Maher and seemed to downplay the good news.
She complained that even though unemployment decreased, Americans still faced stagnant levels of government dependency.
“This isn’t just about the unemployment rate. it’s about wages rising in our country so that consumer confidence is restored,” she also argued.
MSNBC analyst John Heilemann also mocked Trump, saying that he was doing “everything you could possibly do” to ruin the good economy. He pointed to how Trump complains about foreign trade and, he indicated, called the economy a “disaster.”