Comedian Bill Maher said Friday during his HBO program that the rising divisiveness in America could lead to a second civil war if “we don’t learn to live with each other.”
“Lately we’ve been hearing more and more about a second Civil War, which sounds impossible in this modern affluent country. It is not,” Maher said.
“We all talk about Trump as an existential threat, but his side sees Democratic control of government the exact same way. And when both sides believe the other guy taking over means the end of the world, yes, you can have a civil war,” Maher said.
The comedian has been a vociferous critic of President Trump who has often compared him with authoritarian dictators. He has also repeatedly claimed that Trump won’t relinquish office if he loses the election next year, which Trump has referenced during recent reelection campaign rallies.
Speaking near the end of his program Friday night, the last of his regular season, Maher said he would “try to stop” insulting Americans who are critical of liberals.
“I’ve learned that the anti-intellectualism on the right doesn’t primarily come from stupidity, it comes from hate,” he said.
“We are going to have to learn to live with each other or there will be blood,” Maher added.
Conservatives have often accused liberals of hating them, as well, pointing to instances where conservatives are assault in public and attacked on college campuses, for example.
Also, Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor who supports President Trump, said shortly after the Democratic impeachment inquiry began that removing him from office could trigger a “Civil War-like fracture in this nation from which this country will never heal.”
He was widely criticized by liberals for that observation, which was amplified after President Trump repeated Jeffress’ statement.