During a discussion Friday on HBO’s “Real Time,” liberal comedian Bill Maher schooled far-leftist Hollywood actor Rob Reiner on the realities of Hunter Biden’s notorious laptop and the way it was treated by big tech and the press.
The discussion began with Maher providing some cursory background information about the story and, amazingly enough, accusing Hunter Biden of having profited off his father’s name and position as the then-vice president.
“[It] was a story, and now all the mainstream press has finally admitted it was a real story. Now look let’s not pussyfoot around this. He was selling the influence of his father, Joe Biden. I mean, most political sons do. Let’s not pretend otherwise. I mean, some guy from China gave him an $80,000 diamond after dinner,” he said.
“So Hunter Biden’s laptop was buried by the press. Even the head of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, said that was a mistake. They buried the story because they remembered what happened with James Comey and the letter 10 days before the 2016 election. Comey said we got to reopen this email investigation with Hillary Clinton, and it probably was … the last thing that sunk her.”
Maher then asked a simple question: “Is it OK to have a conspiracy to get rid of Trump?”
He based this question on what podcaster Sam Harris had said earlier this week, which was that he supported the cabal of elites who’d worked together to silence any and all reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“So Sam Harris says it was appropriate for Twitter and the heads of big tech and the heads of journalistic organizations to feel that they were in the presence of something that is a once-in-a-lifetime moral emergency, meaning Trump,” Maher said.
“So he’s saying it’s okay to have a conspiracy to get rid of somebody as bad as Trump. It’s a little bit of a thorny question because once you go down this road, this is sort of where we are in this country: The other side is so evil anything is justified in preventing them from taking office. Is it?”
Listen to Harris’ remarks below to better understand what Maher was talking about:
Responding to Maher’s question, Reiner, who like Rep. Liz Cheney is obsessed with both former President Donald Trump and the one-day Jan. 6th riot, predictably brought up the riot.
“No. You know what’s not justified? Using armed violence to try to kill people in the Capitol. That’s not justified,” he said.
An annoyed Maher tried to tilt the conversation back toward his question.
“Answer this question. Was it appropriate to bury the Hunter Biden story?” he said.
“You’re talking about the press doing that?” Reiner asked in complete confusion.
.@billmaher on @RealTimers asks the panel whether it was OK for the press to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the election, and the response was surprise(!) I agree w/Bill that you probably need to reduce @MSNBC in your diet.
— Clint Olsen (@clintolsen) August 27, 2022
“He’s [Sam Harris] saying that’s what they did, and that is what they did. They buried the Hunter Biden story before the election because they were like, we can’t risk having the election thrown to Trump. We’ll tell them after the election,” Maher replied.
Reiner looked at him in complete disbelief and asked, “And we know for a fact that’s what they did?”
“Of course!” Maher responded in exasperation. “You don’t follow this?”
“You know for a fact? I don’t know what they did,” Reiner replied.
“I know, because you only watch MSNBC,” Maher then retorted, prompting widespread laughter and applause from the crowd.
“No, no, that’s not true,” Reiner replied defensively.
“Well then, you would know about this,” Maher noted.
“I do know about that, and I do watch Fox. But the point is we’re going to prove now that the press tried to …,” Reiner said before being cut off.
“They’re admitting it! That’s not even an issue anymore. They’re saying yes, we basically did this because we didn’t want this to throw the election,” Maher responded.
The host’s other guest, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, then jumped in to provide a little defense for Reiner.
“I think Rob’s point here is that we are dealing with a man who used to be the president right now who literally tried to lead an armed insurrection, and that’s why we’re so focused on this right now,” she said.
As has been noted by many on the right, all the president did on Jan. 6th — the day of the riot — was hold a rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Moreover, during the rally he explicitly called for peace, not violence, telling the attendees that they should “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Here’s a reminder of what that sounded like:
President Trump did not incite anything.
He called for Americans to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Democrats called for unrest in the streets and watched our cities burn in 2020.
Don’t fall for the left’s fake narrative. pic.twitter.com/0wCBnlczAm
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 6, 2022
Following Klobuchar’s remarks, the discussion pivoted to other topics.
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