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Bill Maher says it's 'worth asking' why Putin invaded Ukraine under Biden and not Trump

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Bill Maher roasted both political parties for manipulating Russia's invasion of Ukraine to score political points. The "Real Time with Bill Maher" host also noted that it's "worth asking" why Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine when Joe Biden was in the White House and not when Donald Trump was president.

During the New Rules segment of Friday's episode, Maher blasted Americans for trying to make the war in Ukraine about them.

"Don’t make World War III all about you," Maher opened. "Watching the reactions to war in Ukraine these past few weeks, it’s become obvious that America in this age suffers acutely from a particular disease of the mind, which is: Everything proves what we already believed and everything goes back to the thing we already hate."

"All issues today: Pandemic, war, whatever, become a stress test for our reflexive partisanship,” he continued. “Can you take a vastly complex situation that is 100% not about your thing and somehow still make it about your thing? Our answer is, 'Watch me.'"

Maher noted that Republicans "naturally" blamed the invasion of Ukraine on President Joe Biden because they believe he is the "worst president ever." Maher also stated that Democrats feel the Russian invasion of Ukraine happened because they believe Donald Trump was the "worst president ever."

The liberal talk show host criticized Biden who asserted that Putin's latest aggression was brought on by the Jan. 6 riot.

During a speech about infrastructure on March 2, Biden claimed, "Vladimir Putin was counting on being able to split up the United States. Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament and kill five cops, injure 145? Or the German Bundestag or the Italian Parliament?"

Five Washington, D.C., police officers died following the Jan. 6 riots, however one died from a stroke and four others died because of purported suicides.

Maher asked the question, "OK, but if Putin thought Trump was really that supportive of him, why didn't he invade when Trump was in office?"

"It's at least worth asking that question if you're not locked into one intransigent thought," Maher said.

Maher also questioned Trump's reason for Putin's invasion.

"Now, one guy we know is locked into one thought is Donald Trump, who was asked what went wrong with Ukraine said, 'Well, what went wrong was a rigged election.' Kanye thinks less about Pete Davidson than Trump thinks about the rigged election," Maher joked.

Maher was also befuddled by "1619 Project" author Nikole Hannah-Jones – who suggested that Ukraine was garnering attention because they "appear white."

The HBO host mentioned that there was a Vanity Fair piece that said the war in Ukraine is "also a fight for LGBTQ rights."

"Don't take this personally, but don't take everything personally," Maher said.

"Ukraine is not mostly about your pet grievances, it's about Vladimir Putin. And Putin is bad, very, very, very bad," he added and then joked, "But he's still better than the guy who brings every conversation around to bitcoin."

(WARNING: Explicit language)

New Rule: World War Me | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) www.youtube.com

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