- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2020

Liberal late-night TV host Bill Maher warned during his show Friday of a potential “civil war” if the left turns their hatred for President Trump against his supporters.

Returning to HBO’s “Real Time” after a two-month winter break, Mr. Maher admitted to his guest, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that he hates Mr. Trump but not the people who voted for him.

“Here’s what I have told my audience, and people disagree with this, I think this should be our mantra on the left: You can hate Trump, you can’t hate the people who like him,” Mr. Maher said. “Because that’s where we are, too — ‘I’m unfriending you’ — that way lies, literally, civil war.”

“No, I completely agree with you,” Ms. Pelosi responded. “Even the people I serve with in the Congress, we have very little in common in terms of our issues, but the fact is I respect the people who sent them to Congress.”

Earlier during his opening monologue, Mr. Maher stressed the urgency of voting Mr. Trump out of office in November.

“This is it,” he said. “This is the year. This is 2020. This is where it’s gonna have to happen, where we desperately need to get rid of this man. He needs to be removed. There’s only three ways he goes: impeachment, election or fried chicken. And I don’t have faith in the first or the third, so we are going to have to make that happen.”

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