In a recent interview, Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," regretfully acknowledged President Donald Trump's recent winning streak and admitted that the president will be "hard to beat" in this year's election.
"I thought it was his best week ever," Maher told CNN's Fareed Zakaria Sunday morning.
"And the most depressing week for me, as someone who's not a fan of Donald Trump and what he's doing to this country," he added.
Maher's comments come after Trump experienced a week full of political victories, including the Democratic Party's Iowa caucus debacle, a State of the Union speech well received by the public, his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, and subsequent "celebration" speech at the White House. Not to mention Trump notching the highest approval rating of his presidency.
"If you watched that State of the Union, it was very effective," Maher said. "And the showmanship, pulled out every stop with the medals and the Marine being reunited. I mean, that's what he does, and it's going to be hard to beat."
Maher added the Democrats' seeming inability to compete with Trump as another reason for his current depression.
"At [Trump's] best moment, the Democrats just look like the gang who can't shoot straight or can't run straight," Maher said later in the interview. "If they can't get their act together soon, it's going to be over before it begins."
Maher's political analysis on Trump soon became a psychological analysis, as Maher insisted to Zakaria that the worst possible outcome has happened: Trump's erratic behavior has been "normalized."
"This man has a disease: malignant narcissistic personality disorder," Maher said. "It's a real thing.
"The worst thing that could possibly have happened, that we all feared and talked about, has happened," Maher said. "He's normalized. Anything you see enough becomes normal. You don't notice it.
"The bad is baked into the cake," he added.