There’s a scathing new video out hitting the “double standard” of comedian Bill Maher’s $1 million donation in support of President Barack Obama’s re-election, which he made just weeks before Obama publicly scolded Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown Law student a “slut.”
The context, of course, is that Maher has made numerous misogynist slurs over the years, including calling former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a “c–t.”
Watch the video below, via political action committee ShePAC:
Asked about the potential hypocrisy of the pro-Obama Priorities USA super PAC accepting a donation from Maher, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday the president “cannot be the arbitrator of every statement everybody makes in the policy and political arena.”
Because Priorities USA — co-founded by ex-White House staffers — by law cannot have any official ties to the Obama campaign, the president himself cannot choose to decline the donation. However, Carney gave no indication the president would like the group return the money.
“[Obama] chooses to lead by example or to try to,” Carney said. “He chooses to, in the pursuit of more civil discourse in our public space, he tries to practice that civility himself, and he calls on everybody to do just that.”
Bill Burton, one of the founders of Priorities USA and a former White House deputy press secretary, said on MSNBC Thursday that while some of Maher’s comments have been “vulgar,” there is “no similarity” to what Limbaugh said about a student and what a comedian has said in the past.