HBO host Bill Maher came out swinging at Democrats on the 21st season premiere of his “Real Time” show, saying the party “must answer for” losing control of the nation’s schools.
“I thought a great subject to talk about would be schools, because they’re in the news a lot,” Maher told panel guests Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Substack writer Andrew Sullivan on Friday.
“We live in a prison yard in this country, which is everything is tribal,” he said. “And like anything that has to do with schools or education is something really the Democrats have to answer for because they control it. I mean, when you look at the Democratic Convention, it’s like three-quarters of them are teachers. My sister’s a teacher. I’m a big defender of teachers, but what’s going on in schools is outrageous, and somebody needs to answer for it.”
Maher pointed to the horrifying case in Virginia, in which a six-year-old first grader was arrested after he allegedly pulled out a gun and intentionally shot his teacher, leaving her with “life-threatening injuries.”
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“How did we completely lose control?” Maher asked. “How could any kid learn in this atmosphere when you can’t even survive? And these are all schools. This is not just inner-city schools. I hear this anecdotally from people. We’ve completely lost control of our schools.”
Parents, the comedian suggested, are ultimately the “problem” when it comes to how their kids behave in school, but, he said, “no one wants to go after” them because they don’t want to lose votes.
“One thing we used to tell kids was that there is someone in authority. And at some point, you have to take note of that person in authority,” Sullivan said.
“Children who are taught there’s no such thing as authority, the most important thing is expressing yourself at all times, are never held responsible for anything or constantly being excused for everything, they’re gonna end up this way,” he stated. “They need direction. People need authority.”
“Especially kids!” Maher agreed.
Sullivan, who is “a queer” according to Maher, took aim at the push in public schools to indoctrinate children with woke ideology.
“Why does a four-year-old come in, instead of teaching them the colors, you’re telling them, ‘Pick your pronoun’?” he asked. “Where on earth did that come from? And who told us it was going to be imposed on children?”
“More and more, when you look at this curriculum, it’s all about that stuff,” he continued. “It’s all about identity, it’s all about being queer or trans. Children can’t understand that stuff, not in kindergarten.”
Sullivan said the schools are lying to impressionable young students.
“They’re telling that people can choose to be a boy or a girl or neither or both or something else entirely,” he said. “That is a lie. You can’t. And it’s done in order to placate certain special interests in Washington, mainly the LGBTQIA+ people who’ve also been captured by the far left. We should say no to this.”
Even as a gay man, Sullivan said, he doesn’t “want to teach five-year-olds about being gay.”
“I think, wait a little bit, and they’ll pick it up anyway,” he said. “It’s not like they can’t watch the TV.”
“I just don’t understand why this is the hill the Democratic Party wants to die on,” Maher said.
According to Sullivan, it’s because they are afraid to speak out.
“Because they’re too scared. Both parties are too scared,” he replied. “They’re bullied by the extreme right, they’re bullied by the extreme left, and no one has the balls to say no.”
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