Last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher did not disappoint as his guests were perfectly paired, with no shrinking violets this week. The subjects covered were the GOP transformation, drug abuse to Donald Trump’s “whiny bitch” act.
Friday, May 6, Maher invited addiction treatment entrepreneur and CEO of the top echelon (in cost) Cliffside Malibu rehabilitation center Richard Taite as the top-of-show interview guest.
Taite explained how his rehab business went from 20% pill addiction patients to over 90% in a few short years. Maher noted he was initially piqued by the opiate crisis as he noticed the Super Bowl ads where opioid constipation pills were being hawked by Big Pharma.
Actor Bryan Cranston is the mid-show interview guest and during Overtime he looks pained as a heated exchange builds between the verbal sparring of Gillespie, Maher and Taite. Cranston was there to discuss his HBO film “All The Way” due May 21st, which reprises his Tony Award-winning role as Lyndon B. Johnson.
The roundtable guests were political commentator Ann Coulter, a prescient observer of politics who correctly predicted back on June 19 of 2015 that Trump was the likely nominee for the GOP.
Always a great guest too was journalist Nick Gillespie and columnist Dan Savage. Gillespie is the editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV and the co-author, with Matt Welch, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast. Gillespie is engaging and like Coulter and Savage, never afraid to jump into the mix to argue his point.
But first a trip back in time…
June 19, 2015, Coulter correctly picked Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee.
Maher has it bad for Donald Trump’s legitimacy as a candidate and, the lawsuit over the orangutan DNA aside, he let Trump have it again about his masculinity, arguing that 1950s housewife stereotypes really do apply to the Republican candidate.
“Never forget, Lady Trump, that Hillary Clinton was born a woman. But you chose to live your life as a whiny little bitch. Which is why, if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll be voting for the only one who has balls.”
Birther rhetoric, lawsuits and “daffy housewife” slings and arrows were hashed over by Maher for the presumptive nominee.
“I sure hope this ‘man’ gets elected so the world respects us again…He makes Lindsey Graham look like Vin Diesel. This isn’t presidential — it’s Glenn Close boiling the rabbit….Trump Airlines, Trump Casinos, Trump University, Trump Steaks. He’s got the Midas touch, if every time Midas touched something, it exploded,” Maher summarized in New Rules.
Gillespie also laid into Ann Coulter in his column. He wrote, “…This Friday, I’m set to appear with anti-Mexican right-wing best-seller and over-the-top Trumpina Ann Coulter; progressive Hillarian and path-breaking sex-advice-columnist Dan Savage; and the great actor Bryan Cranston, best-known as Walter White in Breaking Bad and the father in Malcolm in the Middle, but forever beloved by me as Tim Whatley, the religiously promiscuous dentist on Seinfeld.
Good times as always, watch the rewind:
Richard Taite top of show guest. “The hairclub for men guy, but with heroin” quipped Maher.
Cranston on his HBO movie and 60s civil rights
Bill Maher and his guests – Richard Taite, Dan Savage, Ann Coulter, Nick Gillespie and Bryan Cranston – answer viewer questions after the show.