Bill Maher made a joke about an assassination attempt on presidential candidate Donald Trump, referencing John Hinckley Jr.’s recent release from a mental institution.
“I’m nervous with this election,” Maher said on Sunday while speaking at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. “And I saw the headline today: ‘Race tightening, Trump ahead in Ohio and Florida’. If this race is even the week before the election, somebody is going to have to go out there … Why do you think they let Hinckley out?”
Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, reportedly to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster. On Sept. 10, Hinckley was released from institutional psychiatric care to live with his mother.
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by five points. Last week, a CNN poll showed that Trump was beating Clinton by two points, declaring a tight race nine weeks before the election.
In recent weeks, Clinton has faced tough questions about whether she gave preferential treatment to Clinton Foundation donors during her time as secretary of state. And her email scandal won’t go away.
The two presidential contenders are set to debate for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with NBC news anchor Lester Holt moderating.
Listen to Maher’s joke below.
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5. "So let's take a look at what he has done. He's written a lot of books about business -- they all seem to end at Chapter 11," Clinton said in a speech Monday, drawing huge applause from her supporters.
“She’s going to make to is to redefine him not as a private entrepreneurial success, but as more of a poster child for some of the bad business excesses. It’s a really interesting strategy,” University of Southern California clinical professor of communications Gordon Stables told TheWrap.
“It’s about his character… she obviously wanted to highlight that there is something about his disposition or his temperament that basically says, ‘he doesn’t have the patience or wisdom or character to occupy the kind of crisis in the White House,’” Stables said.
“I actually thought that was the most effective thing that you heard from her in terms of articulating this, because it personalizes it, it conveys that she’s someone who is a real person,” Stokols said. "It’s something that some voters will be able to relate to personally and it seemed convincing.”
1. "The Chamber of Commerce and labor unions, Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren, economists on the right and the left and the center, all agree: Trump would throw us back into recession," Clinton said.
“Clinton is defining the campaign on her terms… she’s positioning herself to make the argument she’s going to make in November. Trump is still fighting to define and differentiate what to say. He ran a very smart campaign to defeat the other Republican primary competitors,” Stables said.