Bill Maher corrects Biden’s speechwriter after he blamed Trump for bad Covid response
Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time,” pushed back on his last show of the year on Friday against Joe Biden speechwriter Jon Meacham. In one segment, the historian came right out and blamed President Trump for more than 250,000 American deaths from the coronavirus. Bill Maher corrected him on that point, stating that it wasn’t just Trump who was responsible for those deaths.
Maher started his panel discussion with a hit at Thursday’s Rudy Giuliani-led news conference. President Trump’s legal team put forth accusations of massive voter fraud that they claimed could help overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the courts at that press gathering.
Maher softly introduced Meacham as an “occasional” adviser to Biden. Then he went on to ridicule and make fun of the news conference, suggesting it was as “if the Marx Brothers did a coup.”
“It’s easy, because it seems so incompetent, to make fun of it, but this is an administration whose fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the most significant weakening of institutions that, however flawed, have produced, by and large, a more perfect union,” Meacham bluntly stated.
“So it’s easy to be amused by Rudy,” Meacham added, “but we’re just lucky that our authoritarians are so incompetent.”
“Everybody’s incompetent,” Maher retorted. “It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths. He certainly did his part, but we’re an incompetent country.”
“That’s true,” Meacham conceded.
“And an unhealthy one,” Maher said.
Biden adviser/journalist @JMeacham: Trump admin’s “fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” @BillMaher pushed back: “Everybody’s incompetent. It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/vOrwDiPjJ1
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2020
The discussion then turned to Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections that are scheduled for Jan. 5. Meacham pointed out that Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff represented “one more shot” for Georgia voters to “get this right” by choosing them over GOP incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively, in order for the Democratic Party to take control of the Senate and have full control over two of the three branches of the federal government.
“This an existential moment in American democratic, lower case d, history and we have one more shot at this. The voters of Georgia have one more shot to get this right by sending these Democrats to the Senate” – Biden adviser/journalist @JMeacham on #RealTime pic.twitter.com/eWEpERyL9a
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2020
Until recently, Meacham was viewed by many as a highly respected journalist and presidential historian. MSNBC fired him as a contributor after they found out earlier this month that he had been “playing a larger role than was previously known” behind the scenes of the Biden campaign according to the New York Times.
Meacham was reportedly “writing drafts of speeches and offering edits on many of Mr. Biden’s big addresses, including one he gave at Gettysburg last month and his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.”
Stranger still, Meacham was invited to appear on MSNBC and offer a reaction to Biden’s victory speech, which he didn’t disclose on-air that he had written himself. He gave himself glowing reviews.
“I’m not the historian that you are, and I don’t have the Pulitzer that you do, but do you concur that is the way we are used to hearing from our presidents?” MSNBC anchor Brian Williams asked.
“Absolutely,” Meacham answered.
It is being reported that MSNBC brought back Meacham just one week after letting him go. Concha, a Fox News contributor, noted that the move shows that people have lost trust in the industry “because there is no accountability.” He stated that he was “blown away” by the fact that Meacham appeared on MSNBC so quickly.
“Jon Meacham spoke at George H.W. Bush’s eulogy, for example, so he is painted as bipartisan,” Concha noted. “Well, it was revealed last week that he was actually writing speeches for Joe Biden throughout his campaign and then going on the air afterward without telling anybody, mind you, and saying ‘Oh, you know, that was a great speech, particularly when he quoted Martin Luther King, I really thought that was very, very poignant and powerful.’”
“Meanwhile he’s the guy who wrote the speech,” he continued. “So MSNBC then takes his contributorship away. They say, ‘OK, we’re not going to pay you anymore.’”
The Times also reported that Meacham would no longer be on MSNBC’s payroll but he would still be welcome on the network as a guest. He has already made at least three separate appearances on MSNBC since the revelations surfaced.