On Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher tore into White House staffers who enable President Trump’s crazy antics. “Without his professional liars and deniers, there’s no Trump. It takes a village to help a man-child stay in power,” Maher said.
“If you get up every day and try to make Donald Trump’s ludicrous and dangerous pronouncements sound normal and sane, you are an enabler,” he said. “Twenty years from now when your kids ask you over a glass of soylent green ‘What did you do during the Trump years, Daddy?,’ you don’t want your answer to be ‘My job was to go on TV and pretend Trump didn’t say whatever you just heard him say.’ That is an enabler and that word is not a compliment.”
Maher then compared Trump to Norma Desmond, the “batshit nuts” character from Sunset Boulevard who has a “sycophant man servant” that enables her delusions.
“In the plot, Norma Desmond is a faded movie queen, a silent film star of the 1920s, but now she hasn’t worked in 30 years but she still thinks she’s big because of Max. Max goes into the basement every night and writes fake fan letters to fool her into thinking people still love her. Is that really any different than [Devin Nunes] pretending to have intelligence that backs up what his mad boss tweeted at three in the morning?”