On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, comedian Sarah Silverman joined the panel along with Bob Woodward, Democrat pollster Cornell Belcher, MSNBC's Bret Stephens, and Katty Kay of the BBC, and made the remark she said was "funny because it's true."
Maher introduced Silverman and congratulated her for receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier that day.
“You know, in a time, Bill, where anti-Semitic crime is up 57% since this douchebag has taken office," Silverman replied, "it is not lost on me that I am very lucky that I get a star and I don’t have to sew it on my clothes.”
The audience reacted, as did Maher, who joked "oh no you didn't."
“I did!” said Silverman. “I don’t know if that’s gallows humor or just like ‘it’s funny because it’s true’ humor."
Maher asked Silverman about her Hulu show, I Love You America, on which she sometimes interacts with Trump voters or other people that don't share her view. Maher said that she does a service by talking to people "outside of our little bubble here in hipsterville," and asked if she was "changing any minds."
Indulging a bit in the 'conservatives in the mist" trope, Silverman said that she was changing her own mind, in that she sees a difference between the liars and the lied to. In other words, the poor saps who have different views from hers have been tricked into them by deceit. "It’s like cults," she said. "Cults don’t know they’re lied to."