- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2017

Comedian Bill Maher used a crude hand gesture to imply incest between President Trump and his eldest daughter Ivanka during his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night.

Mr. Maher had asked New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman what he thought of Ivanka’s efforts to “humanize” her father.

“We see all this misogyny at Fox News, we see it in Donald Trump himself,” Mr. Maher said. “A lot of us thought, ‘Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace.’

“When he’s about to f—-ing nuke Finland or something, she’s gonna walk into the bedroom and, you know, ‘Daddy, Daddy…’” he said, making an obscene jerking motion with his right hand.

“‘Don’t do it, Daddy,’” he said, repeating the hand gesture. “Is that how you see Ivanka?”

Mr. Sherman laughed nervously before replying, “No.”

Mr. Maher’s joke produced moderate backlash on social media, including from The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, who wrote an article accusing the comedian of crossing the line.

“Ivanka Trump is a problematic, puzzling figure, but if liberals are going to castigate Donald Trump for his boorish, sexist behavior, they shouldn’t behave in a similar fashion,” Mr. Stern wrote.

As The Daily Beast pointed out, this is not the first time Mr. Maher has delivered an incest joke involving the first family.

Several days before the election, the comedian told liberals to “be nice” to Ivanka, because she’s their only hope to talk some sense into Mr. Trump.

“If he’s going to do something nutty, we’re going to depend on Ivanka going into that bedroom. ‘Daddy,’” he said, making a hand gesture, The Daily Beast reported. “‘Daddy, you have to apologize for that tweet where you called Angela Merkela a c—t. You have to apologize, Daddy!’”

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