Bill Maher sees a connection between the Democrats’ efforts to clean up San Francisco for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit this week and Donald Trump’s potential path to victory in 2024.
On his HBO show “Real Time” Friday, Maher noted how San Francisco officials rushed to clear homeless encampments and wash the streets before Xi arrived for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit with President Biden. For years, Maher said, the city has faced criticism over problems like homelessness and public drug use.
I want to try a theory out on you why Trump is killing it – not just within a party, but he’s beating Biden heavily too,” Maher said at the beginning of his panel discussion on Friday. “Because Xi, President Xi of China, came to our state this week and met with Biden up in San Francisco, and they had a little summit.”
“And they did something very interesting in San Francisco. I mean, I have done many, many jokes as many comedians have about stepping and poop in San Francisco and, you know, it’s a city that needs to be put under control — so they did! Because Xi was coming! Put aside the fact that you only clean up with company coming over?” Maher quipped. “OK, so they cleaned it up, they rinse off the street, the homeless, you know, God forbid the guy who sends us the fentanyl sees somebody on fentanyl.”
“This, to me, is why Trump is winning, because he talks about, ‘I’m going to open up the mental hospitals.’ Again, I’m not saying these are necessarily a good solution,” Maher continued. “When he talks, ‘I’m gonna put people in camps, the immigrants,’ all this kind of stuff, and people just see a place — a country, especially in the cities that look out-of-control. And the fact that the Democrats could control it for three days, how about making it permanent?”
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