Internet Divided as Bill Maher Unloads On Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Policies

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Comedian Bill Maher is known for his unfiltered criticism of politicians. In a fiery segment, he blasted former President Donald Trump’s policy decisions as “potentially dangerous.”

Supreme Court Picks Threaten Abortion Access

Maher slammed Trump’s Supreme Court picks, suggesting they have critically endangered abortion rights in America. He argued that even Republicans are unhappy with the threat to legal abortion. With two Trump nominees now on the bench, the legal landscape on abortion has undoubtedly shifted.

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The picks represent a deliberate effort by Trump to stack the Court with justices hostile to abortion access. By shaping the Supreme Court for decades to come, Trump has put abortion rights in serious jeopardy across the country.

Trade War With China Backfires Badly, Damaging Key Sectors

Turning to economic policy, Maher chided Trump’s trade confrontation with China which initiated a costly trade war. He stated Trump’s misguided tariffs ultimately damaged key sectors of the U.S. economy as China retaliated. American manufacturers, farmers, fishermen, and consumers faced steep Chinese tariffs for years due to Trump’s reckless trade tactics.

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Trump claimed the trade war would revive American industry but precisely the opposite occurred. The trade war reduced America’s exports and increased prices for key goods. It demonstrates gross incompetence from Trump on complex trade policy and severely injured industries critical to American prosperity.

Sweeping Tariffs Could Further Fuel Runaway Inflation

Maher also condemned Trump’s proposed 10% across-the-board tariff on all imports, warning such an extreme measure would drastically intensify today’s 40-year-high inflation. He asked rhetorically, and ominously, how high prices could spiral if such a misguided policy took effect.

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Experts widely agree trade barriers directly cause price increases by making imported consumer goods more expensive. Trump’s suggested sweeping tariff would amount to an economic shock event, exacerbating inflationary pressures that are already severely impacting family budgets.

National Debt Skyrockets Under Trump to Record Highs

Lambasting Trump’s fiscal management, Maher emphasized the 39% expansion of the national debt over Trump’s single term to a staggering new record of over $31 trillion. He noted it is exceptionally difficult and unconscionable to raise the national debt by such a dangerously high margin in only four years.

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The fact that Trump oversaw a $7.8 trillion increase despite no major war or recession reveals completely unconstrained spending and gross financial mismanagement. It also thoroughly debunks claims from Trump and Republicans about their fiscal prudence and exposes their hypocrisy on deficit reduction.

The Infamous Border Wall Never Gets Built Despite Endless Rhetoric

Maher heaped scorn on Trump’s obsession with building a wall along the Mexican border, which was a constant refrain of his 2016 campaign. He highlighted how Trump failed to deliver on his signature policy issue, building very little new wall over four years despite his administration diverting billions in Pentagon funds to the project.

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Despite Trump’s endless rhetoric about the importance of a border wall to stop crime, illegal immigration, and drug smuggling, his administration barely extended existing barriers thanks to court battles and logistical challenges. The botched policy indicates Trump’s reliance on empty symbolic gestures and rally chants over meaningful governance and carefully planned policy implementation.

Trump Talks Loose About Using Nuclear Weapons, Alarming Allies

Shifting to deeply troubling defense policy positions, Maher sounded the alarm on Trump’s loose rhetoric about nuclear weapons use, including shockingly reckless ideas about nuking hurricanes. He noted Trump had floated the idea of nuking North Korea or other adversaries while potentially blaming rival nations, causing dismay among U.S. allies.

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Such dangerous, unstable language threatens global security by eroding nuclear norms cultivated over decades. It also showcases Trump’s volatility and penchant for shifting blame for potential catastrophes to political adversaries instead of exhibiting steady, reasoned leadership. Allies uncertain of Trump’s nuclear intentions must doubt U.S. reliability.

Rhetoric Takes Dark Cues From Autocrats Like Hitler and Putin

Maher connected Trump’s demagogic speaking style and hardline policy visions to totalitarian leaders like Hitler, Putin, and Xi. He accused Trump of fear-mongering about immigrants poisoning America’s bloodline using venomous, dehumanizing language.

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Such toxic, nationalist rhetoric divides Americans while conveying autocratic tendencies seen in some of history’s worst dictators. It violates democratic values of inclusion, tolerance, and equal protection under the law in favor of racial tribalism and the consolidation of power in one ruler.

Calls For Severe Sentences Out Of Step With Most Americans

Citing Trump’s appeals for severe sentences like using capital punishment for drug dealers, Maher argued Trump promotes excessive punitive policies disconnected from public opinion. He asked rhetorically whether the majority of Americans truly feel comfortable with the harshest possible penalties for non-violent offenses.

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In pandering to the most vengeful law-and-order fringe, Trump’s lock-em-up bravado clashes with evolving views on criminal justice reform, mass incarceration, and addiction treatment held by most Americans. Such stances reflect antiquated ideas about public safety, voter priorities, and the need for policing reforms demanded by communities of color.

Militias Should Police Cities, Trump Once Suggested

Citing a notorious 2020 debate moment, Maher spotlighted Trump’s implication that armed militia members should intervene directly in cities to restore order without requests from mayors or governors. He framed Trump’s vision as utterly chaotic, unconstitutional, and frightening.

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The prospect of vigilante militia forces deployed in American cities against the wishes of local elected officials represents a complete collapse in the rule of law and democratic values. It demonstrates Trump’s autocratic conception of near-dictatorial presidential powers overriding state and municipal authorities.

Reactions: Trump Record Still Sparks Heated Partisan Debates

In response to Maher’s blistering policy critiques, public reactions covered the entire spectrum from outrage to applause. Supporters claimed Maher mischaracterized Trump’s economic policies and accomplishments such as tax cuts and reduced regulations. Critics agreed with Maher’s assessments, reinforcing the divisive and inflammatory nature of Trump’s agenda years later.

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Four years removed from power, Trump’s policy record continues igniting the same partisan divisions. But the potential damage posed by his deficit spending, erratic trade wars, and disrespect for democracy raise issues that transcend political tribes in volatile times. The stakes seem unlikely to diminish ahead of a possible reelection bid.

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