The comedian acknowledged that he wasn’t the biggest fan of children, and joked that him “sticking up for kids” was like Vice President “Mike Pence fighting for gay adoption.”
But children are “the future,” said Maher, who then broke down why educators in various states are currently protesting for increased public school funding.
“There is a revolt brewing in the teachers lounge these days in schools all across this country, and it’s long overdue,” said Maher. “Teachers are tired of being told of what (former GOP vice presidential candidate) Sarah Palin once said of a teacher, that ‘her reward is in Heaven.’ Maybe, but the rent is due here on Earth.”
Maher proposed that instead of giving teachers guns, the country should give them a living wage and said that “as much as I can’t stand to be around them, I would rather American children be well educated, productive, contributing citizens.”
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