Bill Maher closed “Real Time” Friday night by flipping the definition of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” — a term used by conservatives like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity to describe Donald Trump critics.
The Fox News personalities regularly bring up “Trump Derangement Syndrome” in their shows to argue that Trump critics are so maddened by their hatred for the president that they can’t think rationally. But Maher said it’s the people that defend Trump — not the people who criticize him — who are suffering from the syndrome.
“Republicans love to throw out the term to deflect any criticism from their Dear Leader,” Maher explained. “And by that, they mean that liberals are a bunch of sore losers who just can’t accept the results of an election and they go mental at every little thing Trump does.”
After admitting “there’s a bit of that on the left,” Maher asked, “have you watched this man over the last four years?”
A montage followed, of Trump making nonsensical statements and expressions.
“And you came to the conclusion that’s how a president behaves?” Maher asked rhetorically. “And I’m the one who’s deranged?”
“When Republicans say Democrats never got over Trump’s behavior, you’re right! We haven’t gotten over it because no one should,” he added.
Another montage of questionable Trump behavior followed, this time of the president praising foreign dictators including Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.
“This is what Trump Derangement Syndrome really is,” Maher explained. “Pretending that all of this is perfectly acceptable behavior for an American president.”
“That’s deranged. That’s a syndrome. And it’s coming from the right. It’s like body odor. If you smell it all the time, it’s probably you!”
Maher drove his point home with a photo of Trump’s Sharpie-doctored hurricane map. “If you don’t think a president doing this is crazy, I just want you to know if Joe Biden rapidly declines and legit loses his mind, I’m going to pretend ‘nothing to see here,’ just like you’re doing now.”
You can watch the full segment above.