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Comical': See How Bill Maher Defends Himself Against Allen West's Charge of Racism


"The idea that the Republican Party, of all people, the number one thing on their agenda is rooting out racism wherever it is..."

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Bill Maher wrote a column recently where he said the Republican Party is like "Rise of the Party of the Apes" before referencing a number of politicians, including Rep. Allen West of Florida.

He wrote:

But this is why you never see us booking George Will and Peggy Noonan on my show (besides the fact that they wouldn’t do it): Because the same old Washington pundits haven’t said anything interesting since disco. Also because the idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horsesh*t and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, “The Rise of the Party of the Apes.”

Several paragraphs later, he added:

Or take Allen West. Seriously, take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test. Ornstein and Mann start off their Post op-ed by noting that recently Rep. Allen West said that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. And not one Republican said, “Allen, come on. You’re making us look dumb.” Not one of the Republican candidates for president said anything. Because in today’s Republican Party, that’s not even edgy anymore. They probably saw him later on and were like, “Word, Allen. Word.” Because that’s how they think black people talk. [All emphasis added]

(Related: Allen West: 'I 'Believe' About 80 House Dems Are Communists, Obama Is 'Too Scared' To Debate Me)

When Allen West noted the slur in a fundraising message, Maher took to his HBO show to say how "unfair" it is that West is turning a profit off his insult.

"And by the way it's so comical, not just this, but the idea that the Republican Party of all people, the number one thing on their agenda is rooting out racism wherever it is..." Maher said to whoops of laughter.

From there, Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now!" said that her main racial concern in Florida has more to do with voter ID laws and the "purging" of "people of color" from the voter rolls.

"What I think is hilarious is clearly it's about...they're just not evolved, and they're acting like animals and apes, and of course you made an evolution reference and expected them to get it..." Lizz Winstead said sarcastically.

Watch the entire clip below, via Mediaite:

(H/T: RawStory)

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