As the crowd cheered on Walsh’s challenge against Trump during Friday night’s show, Maher made note that the audience might not know Walsh’s history.
“Apparently they don’t know your history, Joe,” Maher said.
Maher went on to point out that the GOP primary challenger doesn’t like Trump because he apparently “lies” and is a “traitor.”
However, the host then listed off similarities Walsh has to Trump when it comes to policy, in which Walsh admitted that the president’s “done some good things.”
“Joe, you were a leader of the anti-Obama nutcase caucus,” Maher said.
Walsh responded, “Yes, I helped to lead to Trump.” He then claimed that a “weak, feckless Republican Party” lead to Trump’s nomination.
“This thing has nothing to do about issues,” Walsh added. “Trump is a horrible human being period.”
Maher continued to confront Walsh about his past, “I know you’ve had to answer a lot of questions about race.”
MAHER: “Just look me in the eye and tell me that the seething, frothing hatred that I remember that you had for Barack Obama had nothing to do with the fact that he was black.”
WALSH: “Gosh, no.”
MAHER: “Nothing to do with that?”
WALSH: “No — look his policies…”
The GOP primary challenger has had to answer to his controversial past comments, previously telling MSNBC, “I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I would say, John, I’ve said racist things on Twitter. There’s no doubt about it. And an apology is not enough.”
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Walsh hasn’t shied from his distaste of the president, as he slammed Trump prior this his presidential bid announcement when he called him a “bully and a coward,” as IJR reported.
“The only way you primary Donald Trump and beat him is to expose him for the con man he is,” Walsh previously said, adding, “And if I did it, John, that’s what I’d do. I’d punch him every single day.”
However, Trump has swiped back at Walsh, along with the other Republican challenger, former Governor Bill Weld (R-Mass.), and former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who hasn’t made an official decision yet on his run. The president labeled the three contenders the “Three Stooges.“