Bill Maher is no defender of conservatives or conservative values, but he does seem to have something, somewhere inside of him that does want truth.
Don't we all?
Because while he will push the line and have no trouble skewering Republicans for any number of things, he does have a history of calling people out when they are turning a blind eye to obvious facts.
So I have to give him some credit that even he eventually reaches a point where he says come on folks, the facts are not lining up! Let's face reality.
That's what happened recently in a conversation between Maher and CNN's Paul Begala.
Check this out:
Fox News had more on the story:
"Real Time" host Bill Maher had an awkward exchange with CNN commentator Paul Begala on Friday night, confronting him about his former boss Bill Clinton and the former president's ties to deceased sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.
"Now, Bill Clinton. People are saying that there are witnesses who saw him on Jeffrey Epstein's sex island," Maher began. "Obviously, it's denied."
Begala, who served as a White House adviser during Clinton's administration, shook his head in disapproval -- but Maher doubled down.
"You shake your head like, 'Oh that's impossible! Bill Clinton, a horny guy, on sex island? Ridiculous!'" Maher mocked. "Look, it's possible."
Last week, a trove of released documents in the court case of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell shed some light on her relationship with Epstein, a wealthy financier who was found hanging in his New York City jail cell last year and was later pronounced dead. He had been awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.
The documents included records of a 2011 meeting between Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and her lawyers where Giuffre talked about the powerful people in Epstein's orbit who she said either flew on his private Boeing 727 or stayed on his private island in the Caribbean.
One of the powerful people mentioned was Clinton -- who has acknowledged meeting with Epstein on several occasions but denied knowing about Epstein's criminal record in Florida or the financier's subsequent alleged actions involving minors.
During a panel segment of Maher's show Friday night, the host revived his argument that the Clintons have become "huge distractions" for the Democratic Party and invoked the controversial connection between the former president and the pedophile.
"My question is, you know, [Clinton] has assets and he has ... things that are not quite assets," Maher said. "And same with Hillary. What do the Democrats -- what should they do?"
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While not addressing Clinton's alleged ties to Epstein, Begala praised both his former boss and first lady, noting how he "two landslide elections" and how she won the popular vote.
And from Yahoo News:
On Friday night, Bill Maher returned to his HBO program Real Time and, unlike any of the other late-night hosts, addressed Bill Clinton’s shady ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the late convicted pedophile who trafficked and abused young girls.
“I know in your book you say you got 2016 wrong because you forgot Bill Clinton’s first rule of politics, which is: make it about them, not about you,” Maher told guest Paul Begala during the panel portion. “But let me ask you about Bill Clinton, because this always comes up with the Democrats with every election. What do we do with the Clintons now?”
“There are witnesses who saw him on Jeffrey Epstein’s sex island,” the host continued. “Obviously, it’s denied [by Clinton]. You shake your head like, ‘That’s impossible.’ Bill Clinton, a horny guy, on sex island? Ridiculous! Look, it’s possible.”
A judge recently released a trove of sealed records regarding Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator. And among the documents was testimony from Virginia Giuffre, who claims to have been trafficked and abused by Epstein and Maxwell. One file from 2011 sees Giuffre saying that she saw Bill Clinton at Epstein’s 70-acre private island Little Saint James (aka “Pedophile Island”) in the U.S. Virgin Islands—and that “two young girls” were accompanying Epstein on the trip.
“Ghislane, Emmy [another Epstein victim], and there was 2 young girls that I could identify,” Giuffre said of the party joining Epstein and Clinton. “I never really knew them well anyways. It was just 2 girls from New York.” This allegation was also included in the Netflix docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, wherein Giuffre and an employee on Little Saint James both say they witnessed Clinton on the island.
Netflix Exposes Bill Clinton’s Creepy Jeffrey Epstein Ties—Including a Trip to ‘Pedophile Island’
“Bill Clinton has been on that island,” says Steve Scully, who managed telecommunications for Epstein on Little Saint James from 1999-2005, in the docuseries. “I saw Bill Clinton sitting with Jeffrey on the living room porch.”
Adds Giuffre, “I remember having a dinner with Clinton. He was there, and I never saw him do anything improper. I wish, you know, he would just come clean about, like, ‘Yeah, I was there. So what? Who cares? I didn’t see anything going on.’” (Clinton has repeatedly denied ever visiting the Little Saint James.)
Which brings us back to Maher, who said of Clinton, “He has assets and he has things that are not quite assets—and same with Hillary. What should the Democrats do with the Clintons?”