The dramatic difference in the views of Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on radical Islamic terrorism could singlehandedly cost Democrats the 2016 presidential election, according to liberal comedian and “Real Time” host Bill Maher.
Maher made sure to note that he doesn’t agree with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigrants from the U.S., but admitted the “more Muslims in your country, the more” terrorism becomes a “possibility.”
“I just don't understand how liberals who fought the battle for civil rights in the '60s, fought against apartheid in the '80s, can then just simply ignore Sharia law in 40 countries,” Maher said in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter. “Apartheid was only in one. I am not anti-Muslim and never have been: I am anti-bad ideas. Killing cartoonists and apostates, these are terrible ideas and practices, and it would be lovely to think that they were confined only to terrorists. They unfortunately are not.”
The comedian also relished in an “I told you so” moment regarding Muslim refugees flooding Europe. He said Muslims should be the ones leading the fight in their home countries against the Islamic State, not settling in Western cultures.
He regularly calls this the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”
“So no, Donald Trump is not right — but he will win the election if the American people have to choose between his demagoguery and a party that won't even say the words ‘Islamic terrorism,’” Maher added. “I think the Democrats could lose on that issue alone, especially if there's another attack.”