Bill Maher’s Advice to America When Trump Leaves Office: Get Everything in Writing (Video)

“Moving forward, every previously unwritten rule about the presidency must be written down,” the “Real Time” host says

Last Updated: August 25, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

Bill Maher has some advice for the country once Donald Trump is no longer president: make sure to get everything in writing, no matter how trivial.

“Moving forward, every previously unwritten rule about the presidency must be written down,” Maher said during the New Rules segment of Friday’s episode of “Real Time.”

“If Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s get it in writing!”


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The country, said Maher, has gotten by for centuries on unwritten rules that everyone has agreed to follow. Lots of what we take for granted as bedrock constitutional foundations are simply traditions derived from assumptions. “The Founders assumed some things were so obviously repugnant they would be covered in shame… and they owned slaves.”

But all that’s over, Maher continued. “Trump? There’s nothing he won’t do if it’s not specifically enumerated.”

Maher says that from Trump’s ties to the Russians, to his tax returns, to his unwillingness to truly separate from his businesses now that he’s in the White House, “we are learning [that] nothing is just understood anymore.”


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He noted that babysitters get a laundry list of things they are not allowed to do, but the parents don’t have to say “don’t put my baby in a microwave… but with Trump,” you have say it.

Noting the nepotism in the Trump administration, with his daughter and son-in-law both having positions of considerable influence, Maher added, “we don’t need a president with his mind on his money and his money on his mind,” referencing “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg.

“Jimmy Carter sold his peanut farm, George Bush sold his baseball team, Sarah Palin closed down her meth lab,” Maher joked. But Trump hasn’t made any such moves. “We did not elect a swamp-draining reformer; we gave our pin number to a Nigerian prince.”

Watch the video clip above.

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