Last Friday, while speaking of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union address, Bill Maher said on his HBO show, Real Time, that he has “always seen the opposition party give a rebuttal. This is from the same party. This is like sacking your own quarterback.”
Maher continued, “I don’t know, maybe she’s gonna say some nice things about Joe, but basically, it’s to present… a bad idea [BDS] for the Democrats?”
Maher has criticized Tlaib in the past for her support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which accuses Israel of oppressing Palestinians and seeks to penalize Israel.
Maher recalled Tlaib being “very us versus them.” He continued, “I remember because she’s one of the Squad members. And I remember we talked about on this show one night [about] BDS, which is the boycott that some people want to do against Israel because Israel somehow got to be the Nazis.”
“And I said, ‘No, that BDS is a bunch of bulls***’. And then Rashida Tlaib called for me to be boycotted, I was saying we shouldn’t boycott, and then her answer was, ‘We’re gonna boycott you,’” Maher said.
Maher continued, “So when people say, ‘You know, why are you so hard on the left these days?’ Bulls*** like that is why. We have a different opinion about this issue called BDS and you want to just boycott me.”
Here is Tlaib’s tweet calling to boycott Maher’s show in 2019:
Maybe folks should boycott his show.
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
Here was Maher’s response to Tlaib’s tweet in 2019:
Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away. But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party? pic.twitter.com/0QrPQmwwiw
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 21, 2019
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