Last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher was a conciliatory olive branch to the Republicans after the election — which even included Maher inviting Donald Trump on the show.
Maher, who landed President Obama on the show last week, said of Trump: “It took me eight years to get Obama on, maybe he’ll come on.”
In his opening monologue, Maher was given a rapturous applause by fans after his efforts to get Democrats to go out and vote.
Referencing the fact that California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada had legalized marijuana in the election, Maher said: “I think I know why you’re happy tonight. Drugs! What else could it be…this election gave us permission to smoke weed, and a reason we need to!”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder was Maher’s top-of-the-show guest, and was energized as he spoke about shedding “a bunch of Republicans” on his shoulders. Asked if Chris Christie could be the new Attorney General, Holder shut it down.
He said the New Jersey politician has too many problems that are “a bridge too far” for him to be considered for the job. The comment was a reference to the bridge scandal Christie was under fire for a few years back.
Christie is also said to be despised by Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner.
Holder also focused on the Electoral College, as he and Maher talked about how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but still lost the election.
The last Real Time of the season also included mid-show guest Trae Crowder, surprise guest John Legend, and panelists Ana Marie Cox, David Axelrod, and Thomas Friedman.
Watch Eric Holder and Maher discuss the Electoral College below.
Here Maher discusses what the Democrats should learn from the election result.
In New Rules, Maher called for unity over division.
And the eight-minute must see Overtime saw everyone express fears about what is to come.
Bill Maher’s Real Time will be back on Inauguration Day, when Bill celebrates his 61st birthday.