Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” defended Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis amid his being on the receiving end of attacks from the left.
The reaction from Maher comes after DeSantis was a top story during the midterms for being one of the few bright spots of the Republican party. After the midterms, a post-election poll reveals that Republicans prefer DeSantis over former President Donald Trump for the party’s 2024 nominee by seven points.
“The reason why I think DeSantis is so strong is because he can do both things,” Maher said during a discussion with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and CBS News correspondent Robert Costa. “He can do the performance art that seems to have you so exercised to the base, most of which I don’t really know if it’s that damaging.”
“He picks a fight with Disney,” Maher continued. “Does it really affect anybody? I mean, I read that ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ which is not the name of the law. They called it the Don’t Say Gay law. It could have been called the ‘let’s do things in schools the way we did five years ago’ law. It really could’ve.”
The crowd then erupted into applause.
“So what I’m saying is he can do both that — But he yes, he, he knows how to rile up the base. I agree. He’s a politician — but he also can be a normal governor,” Maher said. “In other words, after the storm, he can stand with President Biden like a normal governor does and work with them and then send some migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. You know, and that’s a very powerful thing to have both those elements.”
In a later segment, Maher said that Biden would defeat Trump, but he's not sure about DeSantis.
“Would he beat DeSantis?” Maher said. “That I don’t know. And It’s gonna look weird, because he will be like literally twice as old as him, no really, and DeSantis has like three little kids. You know, that always plays well in America. America likes new.”
“DeSantis should run now and quickly,” Maher said. “This is the problem with Chris Christie.”
“Right,” Costa said. “He could have run in 2011, 2012. Sometimes in politics you have one chance.”
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