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Bill Maher: Ronald Reagan Was 'The Original Teabagger' (VIDEO)

06/08/2013 12:24 pm ET

Bill Maher took Ronald Reagan supporters on both sides of the aisle to task on the latest episode of "Real Time," declaring that the former President was "the original teabagger."

After hearing Bob Dole say that Reagan wouldn't fit in with today's Republican party, Maher contested that Reagan actually "wrote the playbook" for today's far-right GOPers. He compared Reagan's views on income inequality and race to today's Tea Party ("On race, his ideas couldn't be more Tea Party if he shouted them from a rascal scooter") and even credited him for inspiring today's colorful Tea Party protesters.

"He's the original, official pitch-man for batshit," Maher said, later adding: "When you mainstream Reagan, the far right becomes the new middle."

Watch the "Real Time" clip above to hear Maher's full takedown and share your thoughts in the comments.

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