Bill and his guests – Maureen Dowd, Lanhee Chen, Neera Tanden, Max Brooks, and Michael Franti – hashed over tonight’s looming Monday debate between Trump and Hillary and talked about the disturbing racial tension in the country.
During the monologue, Maher talked about the Trump vs Hillary-debate preview. Maher said: “Liberals are very nervous, for good reason…she’s the British in her red pantsuit and Trump is fighting a guerrilla war, and I’m not just saying that because his father was an orangutan!”
The opening interview featured a feverish and sick Maureen Dowd who joked: “I much prefer watching you [Maher] from bed.”
Dowd dished on her interesting relationship with the Bushes and how George H.W. Bush would throw his shoe at the TV when Trump appeared — and even called Trump “an ass”.
Her fascinating interview with Bill about how much the Bushes hate Trump did not disappoint. She said: “I went down to have lunch with [George H.W. Bush] in 2011 and it was right at the height of the birther thing and I was talking to him about that…Donald Trump was leading the birther moment, and former President Bush goes, ‘He’s an ass’.”
She continued: “He was talking about how much he [George H.W. Bush] really loved Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, so I can only imagine how painful it was to see Jeb [Bush], who he had always wanted to be president, get destroyed in the debate stage by what Trump refers to as a ‘one-day kill’… the ‘low-energy’ thing. And so Bush Sr. would throw his shoe at the TV set when Trump would come on. When he saw Trump, he would just throw it.”
Up until recently, Dowd was not on Trump’s radar for insults until a recent column. Maher said: “I know you’ve been friends with [Trump] for years, and this is what he tweeted about you recently.”
During the broadcast, Maher talked about police training and the death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa. “I could never be a cop, and I admire that they can, but, look, you have to do it better,” he said during the mid-show interview with musician Michael Franti. Maher was referencing the Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby who was charged with manslaughter in the first degree after she shot and killed Crutcher, an unarmed black man.
“She shouldn’t have done that,” Maher said, “But I must say she’s a victim of bad police training. Police do not train the way they should. Now, if you’re that nervous, you can’t do this job.”
Maher then aired the footage of the shooting in Charlotte, saying: “We don’t know whether he had a gun, but even if he did, you don’t have to kill every time somebody does something that makes you nervous. We have to train our police to not be that guy.”
Seeing both sides of the issue, Franti shared his thoughts on the recent racially charged news. He talked about his mixed race family he was adopted into which included a lesbian sister and police officer brother.
Lastly, Maher saved his piece de resistance in the New Rules wrap up for Apple’s incessant upgrading of the already does too much iPhone and those who stand in what he called “the nerd line”.
If Apple wants to buck the trend, Maher said, try not releasing a new iPhone.
“The only people who really need you to get a new phone every year are the shareholders,” he said.
Musician Michael Franti talks about the police, racial politics and wearing no shoes for 15 years.
New Rules wraps with the iPhone 7 rant. Maher quipped: “Oh, Bill. How can you say the iPhone 7 is the same as the 6? The old phone had an A9 processor and a camera with an aperture of 2.2. And the new one has an A10 and a 1.8. Sorry, not sorry.”
Overtime, where Max Brooks scares the shit out of all of us over automated cars and ISIS or Russia hacking them and killing us all.