On "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night, Maher and most of his panelists called out Republicans for their support of Cliven Bundy, the racist rancher currently engaged in a standoff with the federal government.
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"Was it that hard to predict for the last two or three weeks, when the right wing was lionizing this guy, that he was going to be a huge racist?" Maher said. He went on to say that Republicans have a tradition of boldly trumpeting their lack of prejudice, then immediately revealing their prejudice.
Christine Quinn, erstwhile New York City mayoral candidate, said it was odd that Republicans were embracing someone who was so clearly flouting the law, while controversial conservative author Charles Murray said that Bundy's racism would give liberals a free pass to criticize anyone who disdained government overreach.
"No one is saying all Republicans are racist," Maher said later. But, he maintained, Republican candidates should distance themselves from supporters with such views.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article included a quote from John Avlon, editor in chief of The Daily Beast that as it appeared implied George Wallace was a Republican. George Wallace was a Democrat.
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