It would be hard for Bill Maher to top last week’s incendiary top-of-the-show interview with gay British bad boy conservative Milo Yiannopoulos.
But the heat is subsiding after a week of scandal and outrage that commenced with his appearance on Maher’s Friday night salon on HBO.
This week will be a hot potato too.
Maher welcomes Seth MacFarlane, who like Maher is an outspoken atheist and critic of POTUS Donald Trump. Family Guy creator MacFarlane is a multihyphenate phenomenon who produces, directs, sings and writes — and does it all very well.
But it is Maher’s booked guest Asra Nomani that will likely draw the biggest verbal sparks next to mid-show interview, Fran Lebowitz.
A former Wall Street reporter, Nomani is the co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement. She also famously penned an op-ed about being a Muslim in America who voted for Donald Trump.
Of her decision to go for Trump, Nomani wrote:
I most certainly reject the trifecta of “hatred/division/ignorance.” I support the Democratic Party’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.
But I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage loan modification program, “HOPE NOW,” didn’t help me.
Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, W.Va., where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.
Another guest likely to draw fireworks will be California Republican Darrell Issa, booked as the top-of-show interview guest.
Issa has proposed an alternative to Obamacare that is drawing ire at townhalls. He released a draft bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare called the “Access to Insurance for All Americans Act”.
This bill proposes that Americans be given access to hook into the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, a system of health plans for millions of federal employees, retirees and family dependents.
A frequent Maher Real Time guest, Maine Senator Angus King rounds out the panel with MacFarlane and Nomani.
King is considered to be a moderate Independent voice and has spoken out recently about Republicans invoking a rarely used Senate rule barring Elizabeth Warren from voicing opposition over Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions.