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Bill Maher took a few minutes of Friday’s “Real Time” to talk about and defend “something near and dear to [his] heart: The First Amendment.”
“I know,” the HBO host quipped, “we don’t like Ann Coulter’s views,” to a round of giggles from his audience. Maher went on to mention how “[he] was the speaker at Berkeley a couple of years ago, and they disinvited [him], and then they got their act together, and [he] wound up doing it. And apparently, that’s what’s going to happen with her, [he] think[s].”
From there, Maher would opine that “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech. And now it’s just the cradle for f**king babies.”
“I feel like this goes on all over the country on campuses — they invite somebody to speak that’s not exactly what liberals want to hear, and they want to shut her down. I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book-burning. And it’s got to stop.”
Maher would then make reference to the following tweet from 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean:
Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. https://t.co/DOct3xcLoY
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 21, 2017
In response, Maher would quip that hate speech is, in fact, protected by the First Amendment, citing that “this was why the Supreme Court said the Nazis could march in Skokie. […] But that’s what the First Amendment means, it doesn’t mean, ‘Just shut up and agree with me.'”
Panelist S.E. Cupp chimed in, saying, “I can’t believe you have to remind liberals of this.”
“It’s a shame because liberals are creating a fantasy land on college campuses that does not exist in the real world. In the real world, there are no safe spaces where you can go and no one will offend you. Life is offensive; I am offended daily.”
Maher then saw an opportunity to take things down the Fox News/Bill O’Reilly rabbit hole, saying, “Especially at Fox News.” To a round of laughter from both his panelists and his audience, Maher claimed that “Bill O’Reilly must’ve done something [to Cupp, a former Fox News guest].”
“Fox News is the Catholic Church at this point, I mean, they’re just covering up left and right,” the “Real Time” host zinged.