Bill Maher and liberal host Krystal Ball took a stand for free speech on Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and, along with conservative writer James Kerchick, defended the right of Washington Commanders coach Jack Del Rio to have a “sh***y take” on the events of January 6 and the 2020 George Floyd riots.
As American Wire reported, Del Rio responded on Twitter to an article about the House Committee on Jan. 6’s first public hearing with a question that sparked a storm and ended with the coach caving to the woke mob and getting fined a hundred grand for his effort.
Commanders DC Coach Jack Del Rio caves to woke mob, apologizes for referring to Jan. 6 as ‘dust-up’ https://t.co/8d0skCBdKU
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“Would love to understand ‘the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting. burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is???” he tweeted, adding the hashtag “CommonSense.”
He then defended his tweet by calling what we have repeatedly been told was the worst threat to America’s democracy since the Civil War a “dust-up.”
The sound of liberal heads exploding rumbled through the Twitterverse, and just hours later, Del Rio caved and issued an apology.
“I made comments earlier today in referencing the attack that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Referencing that situation as a dust-up was irresponsible and negligent and I am sorry,” he tweeted.
But it was too late. He had to be punished.
And so he was, by Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera, who, “after reflecting on the situation and circumstances” and assuring all within eyeshot of his tweet that Del Rio’s comments “do not reflect the organization’s views and are extremely hurtful to our great community,” slapped the contrite coach with a $100,000 fine.
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And it was to that fine that Maher took exception.
“There was a football coach. His name is Jack Del Rio,” Maher told Ball. “Okay. And he called the January 6 riot a ‘dust-up.'”
“Now, this is a very common view that he has,” Maher continued. “I would like to, if I could talk to Mr. Del Rio, I think I could probably hopefully convince him a little bit that it was more than a dust-up. He also compares it a lot to the 2020 protests that were going on after the George Floyd murder. Okay. I think I could also convince him there are really important differences between those two things. And actually, the attack on the Capitol was worse.”
“Nevertheless,” the host said, “he has a right to be wrong. In America, you have the right to be wrong.”
“The fined him, the team fined him, $100,00 for this opinion,” Maher stated. “Fining people for an opinion. I am not down with that.”
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“And here’s what the coach of the team said… ‘He does have the right to voice his opinion as a citizen of the United States, and it most certainly is his constitutional right to do so,'” he explained. “Apparently not! You know what? This is the don’t pee on my shoe and tell me it’s raining. What the f**k are you talking about? He doesn’t have a right to an opinion. And it’s obviously not his right to do so. So either say you’re against free speech, but don’t tell me this.”
Kerchick was in full agreement.
“No, it’s absurd,” the writer said. “And he should be allowed to express his opinion and people should be allowed to criticize him for it.”
“People can have sh***y takes,” Ball observed. “You know, it’s not a crime to have a sh***y take.”
And with that, the panel was unified.
“To have a sh***y take,” repeated Maher, “is not a crime.”
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