Bill Maher said Trump was not responsible for 254,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19, according to The Daily Wire.
“It’s easy, because it seems so incompetent, to make fun of it, but this is an administration whose fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the most significant weakening of institutions that, however flawed, have produced, by and large, a more perfect union.”
Panelist Jon Meacham said, “It’s easy to be amused by Rudy, but we’re just lucky that our authoritarians are so incompetent.”
Maher said, “Everybody’s incompetent. It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths. He certainly did his part, but we’re an incompetent country.”
“That’s true,” Meacham said.
“And an unhealthy one,” Maher added.
Alex Wagner said, “We have a battle right now against an unseen enemy, and one side has no interest in fighting it for completely partisan reasons.”
“I mean, that is a cravenness – the inability, the inaction, the dismissal of COVID-19 as a deadly virus tells you the ends to which the Republican Party and Donald Trump will go to preserve partisan worldview.”
“I mean, there’s blame to go around everywhere, there’s blindness on some parts everywhere,” said Maher.
Meacham said, “This is an existential moment in American democratic – lowercase ‘d’ – history. And we have one more shot at this. The voters of Georgia have one more shot to get this right by sending these Democrats to the Senate.”
More from The Daily Wire:
Panelist Jon Meacham, a speechwriter and adviser to Democrat Joe Biden, appeared on Maher’s “Real Time” show on Friday and blamed Trump for the deaths.
Meacham mocked the press conference last week by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in which Giuliani pushed so-far unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Maher also took issue with a claim from another panelist, Alex Wagner, a former MSNBC journalist, who said conservatives have ignored the pandemic for “completely partisan reasons.” And he blamed Republicans and Trump for “inaction.”