By Joseph Wulfsohn
Published August 17, 2019
"Real Time" host Bill Maher doubled down Friday on his desire for the U.S. economy to fall into recession in hopes of blocking a second term for President Trump -- telling his panel of guests any hardship that results would be "very worth" it.
"I've been saying for about two years that I hope we have a recession and people get mad at me," said Maher, a multimillionaire who would likely be well insulated from a financial downturn.
“I’m just saying we can survive a recession," he continued. "We've had 47 of them. We've had one every time there's a Republican president! They don’t last forever, You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species!”
The HBO star then pointed to a U.N. report warning how many species of plants and animals are at the risk of extinction and went on to blast the Trump administration for rolling back regulations from the Nixon-era Endangered Species Act "like any evil villain would do."
"So yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies," Maher reiterated. "A recession would definitely knock him out of office."
"Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution," Engel argued.
"Right!" Maher replied. "Thank you very much."