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Bill Maher Says He’s ‘Hoping for’ a Recession to ‘Get Rid of Trump’

“Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy,” HBO host says Friday

Last Updated: June 9, 2018 @ 9:37 PM

Bill Maher is willing to go to just about any lengths to rid the U.S. of President Donald Trump — including economic collapse.

“I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I’m hoping for it,” Maher said on the Friday edition of HBO’s “Real Time.”

“Because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession,” he said. “Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.”

The HBO host and longtime critic of Trump made his remarks after noting, “This economy is going pretty well.”

Maher’s guest and political analyst Shermichael Singleton acknowledged, “It is going well — for now.”

Another Maher guest, MSNBC commentator John Heilemann, also argued that Trump’s tariffs against foreign allies could “screw up a good economy” — and called out the president for sending mixed messages.

“You watch Trump’s rhetoric, he stands up there and says, ‘Lowest unemployment ever, African Americans doing great, we’re all doing fantastic…'” Heilemann said. “But also, ‘It’s a disaster! We’ve got to change everything! America’s getting robbed blind by the foreigners!'”