Comedian Bill Maher has a new idea for challenging President Donald Trump: resurrecting fellow comedian Al Franken’s failed political career.
Franken, Maher argued, was the type of comedian who could really get under Trump’s skin by making fun of him, a tactic he described as Trump’s “kryptonite.”
“The one thing that gets under his skin — besides Red Dye No. 2 — is being made fun of,” Maher said during Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“We need someone who can shred Trump like a stand-up takes down a heckler — because Trump is a heckler,” Maher added.
Watch Maher’s comments below:
“It’s time to get @AlFranken off the bench so he can come back to doing what he does better than any other Democrat: taking down right wing blowhards.” – @BillMaher #RealTime pic.twitter.com/q1BpkmXK8J
— Real Time (@RealTimers) September 8, 2018
“Are Democrats really going to permanently send away one of our ablest warriors for being a waist grabber?” Maher asked.
Last year, he and fellow comedian Chelsea Handler defended Franken and said that Democrats needed his vote in Congress.
“I feel like we’ve lost our ability to think in this country, to tell unlike things apart,” he said.
Maher chastised Democrats for conceding that allowing Franken to stay in the Senate would justify alleged sexual assaulter Roy Moore’s candidacy in Alabama.
Watch the video below:
“Instead of going there with, ‘Oh, well, we can’t win this […] let him resign,’ make the counterargument! Do what I just did in the monologue! Say, ‘He’s not the Zodiac Killer! It’s not the same thing!'”
He also downplayed Franken’s actions on Friday.
“He didn’t drive her off a bridge and leave her to drown,” he said. “Can we get some perspective? Does every infraction, no matter how small, have to be rehashed for an entire lifetime? That’s not politics, that’s marriage.
“It’s time to get Al off the bench so he can come back to doing what he does better than any other Democrat: taking down right-wing blowhards,” he added. “I want to see Al Franken debate Donald Trump. And by the way, so do you.”