Bill Maher: GOP opposition to Obama economic initiatives is 'treason'--Do you have any advice for Bill?
owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or
adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United
States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or
shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title
but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.
HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher doesn’t realize the seriousness of such
a charge. On his Friday program, Maher elaborated on the suggestion he made in a tweet that President Barack Obama’s opponents are guilty of treason for blocking his economic initiatives.
set up his explanation by reminding viewers of a gaffe Obama had made
earlier in the day, when he said the private sector was “doing just
fine,” and how his Republican opponents will use that statement against
him from now until the election this fall.
“So, the president had a
press conference today, and he kind of pulled a Biden,” he said. “He’s
not usually the one who makes the gaffes, but he said the private sector
is doing fine. You know, the complete sentence was — he was talking
about how after losing jobs for 25 straight months, for the last 27
months, while he’s been in office. He said, ‘We created 4.3 million
jobs. The private sector is doing fine. What we’re seeing is problems
with state and local governments.’ Of course, the Republicans are going
to hit him over the head with this from now until November. But you
know, you can’t blame him for being a little frustrated because, let’s
be honest, the Republicans are stalling every effort that he has tried
to make to create jobs and help the economy.”
Maher then brought
up the subject of treason, asking a panelist whether behavior by
congressional Republicans qualified for the charge.
this while we were off last week,” he said. “First of all, I refuse to
take tweets seriously. They’re brain farts, so maybe I used too strong a
word. I said, ‘Is it treason to purposely block any help for the
economy so voters blame the president and turn to the other party? …
It’s at least unpatriotic, is it not?”
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