Bill Maher calls Americans stupid on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
GLENN: Let me start with Conan O'Brien last night interviewing Bill Maher. Here's what the conversation turned to with healthcare, and I want you to listen to what he's saying.
MAHER: But yeah, I mean, they are talking about 60 votes. Forget this stuff, 60. We can't get Americans to agree on anything 60%. 60% of people don't believe in evolution in this country. He just needs to drag them to it. Like I just said, they're stupid. Just drag them to this. Get healthcare done.
GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. Listen to ‑‑ I mean, you've watched The View or you've heard the audio of The View or Conan or any of these shows. When usually you'll have somebody say something like this, you'll have a round of applause. Listen to the audience and their response. This is important for you to understand, not necessarily just what he's saying but what is going on here. Bill Maher, I disagree with almost everything that spills out of this man's mouth but I appreciate the fact that he at least says what he means and means what he says. You know who Bill Maher is. That's a good thing. This is the kind of person that you can actually have an honest conversation with because I mean, he will throw bombs and everything else, but at least you can have an honest conversation because he's not hiding behind some sort of political correctness and some persona that is all warm and fuzzy when indeed he's a mountain lion behind it.
PAT: He's obviously for tyranny, and he's unabashedly so.
GLENN: You don't have to even say that. Look, this is what he's for.
PAT: Well, he's for dragging people against their will to a certain conclusion. That's tyranny.
GLENN: Let's use the proper language. Let's get out of the 1700s. That's not tyranny. That's progressivism. That's what this is. This is why, I'm telling you, it is not a coincidence that I found two years ago the seeds of the progressive movement, and I started reading it saying, no way; it's not a coincidence that you heard the broadcast when I said to you, my daughter came to me and she said she wanted to take Greek history. She wanted to take ancient history. That's what she wanted her major to be in, ancient history. And I said, why ancient history? She said, because everything, Dad, that is about this country, she said everything, when you look at the country, there's just too many bad guys. We've done too many bad things, and I'm sorry, Jon Stewart, here, take out your cash machine; make more money. I wept. Because if my daughter got there living with me in my house, how does the average person survive not growing up and hating this country? And I said to her, I'm going to prove you wrong. But you're going to ‑‑ if you want me to pay for that education, you're going to have to ‑‑ you're going to have to read some of the things that I will show to you. But I'm going to prove you wrong. And the part that she really hated about American history was right around the turn of the century if I'm not mistaken. So I started doing my homework, and I went to her and I said just recently, maybe eight months ago, "You were right. You were right." A year ago I thought Teddy Roosevelt was a good guy. A year ago I didn't know anything about Woodrow
WILSON: Son. A year ago I didn't know anything about the progressives except they were responsible for progressive income tax, they were responsible for prohibition. Why prohibition? Because it's bad for you, and most people are just too stupid. They won't stop drinking. So we will drag them to it. They also dragged 150,000 people who spoke out against the war that were too stupid to understand the benefits of World War I and they dragged those people to prison for speaking out.
PAT: You don't want that to go through a court. You'd get a jury of stupid people who wouldn't come to the proper conclusion. So makes sense really. When you think of it that way.
STU: That's why you have judges to make sure the laws are right, make sure that you can't do ‑‑
GLENN: Well, you don't have ‑‑ they used to call them administrators that make sure they're right. Now they're more, well, I think they're literally called czars.
STU: You can't trust the people to vote in the right thing.
GLENN: You can't trust the companies to do the right thing. You've got to have an administrator or a czar that is over, that oversees all of that. And the next thing is a czar to look at the broken system ‑‑ see if this sounds familiar. This is their belief in the early turn of the century ‑‑ to overlook the system and make the decisions outside of the system. With the best in business and the best in political theory and the best academics and the best community people. You get those people together and they write the laws. It's exactly what's happening now. So when Bill Maher says that, you know, hey, no big deal; people are just too stupid, it's important for you to listen because that is what progressives believe: You are too stupid. It is the exact opposite of what most Americans left and right ‑‑ I shouldn't even say left anymore. Democrat and right. It's not what they believe. They believe in the individual. There are stupid people. What? I don't open my eyes and walk down the street? But you know what? If you believe in evolution, you let the stupid people destroy themselves. No, no, they claim they're there to help everyone. They are not there to help everyone. They are there to control everyone. Look at the cities of Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, D.C. The progressives have had their hands around the throats of those cities for decades. They have had the city council, they have had the mayors. In Washington D.C. they've even had the federal government telling me exactly what to do. Well, what have those cities turned into? Let's look at Chicago. What has that city turned into? Nothing but wrath and corruption. Because it's not about helping people. It's about using people to gain power, money and influence. That's all it is. That's all it is. They use minorities. They use children. They use emergencies to gain money and power. That's it. And we're doing a good thing because people are just too stupid. But listen to the response of the audience when he says this and then listen to what else he says.
VOICE: You know, with or without them, make the gang of six an offer they can't refuse. This Max Baucus guy, he needs to wake up tomorrow with an intern's head in his bed.
VOICE: Good Lord.
MAHER: I'm serious. I said this months ago and people criticized me. This is where the president needs to be ‑‑
GLENN: Stop, stop. Max Baucus should wake up with an intern's bed in his head. Okay. Now, this is a ‑‑
PAT: Head in his bed.
STU: Head in his bed.
GLENN: Head in his bed?
STU: That doesn't make any sense at all.
GLENN: See what I mean? Look, it was said in on a comedy show. I'm assuming that he meant it comedically.
STU: He would surely give you that break if you said something.
GLENN: Oh, no, he would surely.
STU: Oh, my God, yeah.
GLENN: And if that's what he really believes, I want those people to say it. I want to know who they are. I want to know who they are. But listen to the audience.
Now, do you think I could say that somebody needs to wake up with an intern's head in their bed and nobody would report on that? Do you think there might be somebody with picket signs outside of our broadcast facility?
GLENN: Of course.
PAT: No, they would be open, they would be inclusive.
GLENN: Do you think they would call me a hate monger? Do you think they would call me a hate monger?
PAT: No, no.
GLENN: If I said that they should just make the gang of six an offer they can't refuse and the people are too stupid and you're going to drag them to it, do you think if I said that that I would be called a fascist?
STU: Of course not. I mean, they would clearly understand that when you said an offer you can't refuse had nothing to do with the mob and tactics and violence, never.