HBO host Bill Maher joked that his show may have caused Justice Antonin Scalia to die and that Scalia “was put on earth to remind poor people that the law is not your friend” on Friday’s “Real Time.”
Maher stated that two weeks ago, “I said, ‘[H]ow can anything get done in America when you have to run it by Antonin Scalia first?’ Apparently at that very hour, he died. He could have been watching the show thinking, ‘I like Bill Maher so much.'” Maher then screamed and fell sideways in his seat like he was having a heart attack, which drew laughs and applause from the audience.
He continued, “I have listened for two weeks about he was a brilliant jurist, and he was a great intellectual. Excuse me, Antonin Scalia was put on earth to remind poor people that the law is not your friend. You mentioned Bush v. Gore. He gave us President George Bush. He also found an individual right to bear arms that is so not in the Constitution.”
Author Fran Lebowitz added, “He also believes in the devil. My feeling is, this is America, it’s a free country. You can believe in the devil, but if you do, you can’t be on the Supreme Court, one or the other.”
Maher concluded that the hunting group Scalia was with was “murdering birds,” before stating, “The idea that this brilliant mind stumbling in the woods like Dumbledore in his –.”
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