Comedian Bill Maher, known for his staunch support of liberal policies, just said something that actually has conservatives cheering for once.
During Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s Real Time, Maher spoke out against coronavirus-related restrictions, even going so far as to declare that the COVID-19 pandemic is “over,” Fox News reported.
Maher had as part of his guest panel Democrat Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), who found himself in a difficult position as the host essentially spent the segment attacking the Biden administration’s narrative on the pandemic — which Coons, of course, fully supports.
“Just resume living”
After expressing relief that Dr. Anthony Fauci has given the OK for people to celebrate Halloween in the traditional manner this year, Maher began his assault on the left for sowing outrage and fear about COVID-19.
“Just resume living,” Maher said, according to Fox. “I know some people seem to not want to give up on the wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It’s over. There’s always going to be a variant.”
Maher continued: “You shouldn’t have to wear masks. […] Also, vaccine, mask, pick one! You’ve got to pick. You can’t make me mask if I’ve had the vaccine.”
“It’s the Democrats”
From there, Maher directed his rant toward Democrats, since, he said, “it’s the Democrats” who have continued to impose coronavirus restrictions on the American people. Accordingly, the Real Time host said that “red states are a joy and the blue states are a pain in the a**, for no reason.”
That’s when Coons jumped in with a bizarre argument. “One of the critical things that’s being discussed right now by President Biden, one of the things we have to recommit ourselves to, is supporting vaccination around the rest of the world,” he said, according to Fox.
“There’s still a lot of countries that are very, very minimally vaccinated because if a variant develops out in the world that is able to defeat the vaccine, we are all the way back to the beginning,” the senator added. “So in the United States, in most of the western world, we’re ready to be done with this, but we’re not done until the world is safe and we’re not safe as a world until the world’s vaccinated.”
“We have to get back to life”
Maher reportedly shot back: “Except the world recognizes natural immunity. We don’t because everything in this country has to go through the pharmaceutical companies. Natural immunity is the best kind of immunity. We shouldn’t fire people who have natural immunity because they don’t get the vaccine. We should hire them. Yes?”
According to Fox, Coons somewhat agreed, saying, “If someone is having tested with antibodies.” But Maher still wasn’t satisfied.
“We have to get back to life,” the host said later in the segment, according to Fox. “I mean, you might look at the sporting events […] all three sports are playing now, including basketball, which is inside. Nobody seems to be having super-spreader events. I mean, you know, it was great. It was so much fun having a pandemic but, you know, buh-bye.”