Bill Maher pushes back when Jewish actress Sandra Bernhard tries to pin antisemitism on right

Liberal comedian Bill Maher, to his credit, corrected a Hollywood actress when she tried to pin the blame for rising antisemitism on the right.

Appearing on his “Club Random” podcast this week, actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard, who’s Jewish, began by talking about her Jewish heritage and about how her grandparents had fled to America from a Russian pogrom decades ago.

She added that despite everyone being “up in arms” about Judaism ever since the Oct. 7th terror attack, she’s personally been just fine.

“I like being Jewish. I go to Shabbat, I do my thing. But everybody’s suddenly like, ‘I’m Jewish, and I’m being [persecuted].‘ I don’t feel persecuted,” she said.

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Maher responded by reminding her of reality, saying, “There is an antisemitism afoot in this country which we haven’t had in a very long time.”

This is demonstrably true.

It was at that point that Bernhard decided to attack the right.

“I tell you where it comes from, it comes from the right-wing, the extreme …,” she said before being cut off by Maher.

“No, it doesn’t,” the left-wing comedian rightly noted. “The right-wing has the ‘Jews will not replace us’ nonsense. The left-wing is even worse.”

Fact-check: True.

But Bernhard was confused and asked Maher for an explanation.

“That is coming down from elite colleges who see everything only through a racial lens,” he replied. “They are stupid. They don’t know history. They think everything is about colonizers and racists, and how awful America is.”

“And America has done some bad things, but to drag Israel into this as the stand-in for every bad thing white people ever did – this is not any more complicated to most of these college kids than the Palestinians are brown and poor and the Israelis are rich and white,” he added.

“Even though half of them are not rich and certainly not white. But they think they’re rich and white, so they’re the colonizers and the apartheid people and the genocide people. And none of this jives with the facts,” he concluded.

Bernhard evidently accepted these facts, because she didn’t push back. Instead, she moved on to bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“But can we get on the same page and agree that Benjamin Netanyahu is a s— disturber and needs to be yanked out of Israel?” she said. “He is not good for Israel. He is not good for Jews. He has also contributed to the global mistrust. It shouldn’t be Jews. It’s Israelis. He is solidly to blame for everything that’s happening right now.”

But again Maher cried foul — rightly so.

“He is so not to blame for everything that’s happening,”  he noted. “That’s the fault of the Palestinian people and the religion of Islam, which gets lost in all of this.”

This confused Bernhard yet again, prompting the liberal comedian to offer up a quick explainer.

“Mostly to blame is Hamas,” he said. “Right now is happening because for years Hamas took aid money and instead of buying food with it and building buildings and hospitals, they bought bombs and made tunnels.”

Correct.

In fact, Hamas is STILL stealing aid.

However, this time Bernhard pushed back by arguing that Netanyahu had supported and funded Hamas for years.

“Correct,” Maher responded. “Yes, you’re right. For strategic reasons, which probably were, in retrospect, not wrong. But it wasn’t like Netanyahu was working against the interests – in his mind – of his own people.”

But Bernhard wasn’t convinced.

“He is working in the interest of only one person, himself, because he doesn’t want to go to prison,” she said.

“I don’t believe that either,” Maher replied.

All this comes months after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed the “very large pro-terrorist” faction of the modern Democrat Party.

Appearing on Fox News, he outright accused the Democrat Party of being “opposed to the survival of Israel.”

“None of them have condemned the killing of babies,” he said. “None of them have condemned the raping of women. None of them have condemned taking grandmothers hostage. These people are pro-terrorist, that is what they should be called.”

“There is no question in my mind that AOC and Ilhan and Tlaib and their friends are just plain pro-terrorist members,” he said, adding that they should be “censured and primaried.”

Vivek Saxena

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