Bill Maher on Friday painted a scary picture of how Donald Trump could take the White House in 2024, even if he lost the election again.
The “Real Time With Bill Maher” host opened by laying out the scenario: Trump will run for president in 2024, he will get the Republican nomination and he will announce that he won no matter what the results of election night.
“He’s like a shark that’s not gone, just gone out to sea,” Maher warned of Trump and his ambitions to return to the Oval Office, which the HBO host called “the slow coup.”
“But actually he’s been eating people this whole time,” Maher went on, continuing the shark analogy. “And by eating people, he’s been methodically purging the Republican party of anyone who voted for his impeachment or doesn’t agree he’s the rightful leader of the 7 Kingdoms.”
Maher pointed out GOP representatives Liz Cheney and Anthony Gonzales as two Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment and have already been rendered powerless in the party. He also pointed out how Republican-led legislators are passing restrictive voting laws in several states — laws that negatively impact young and minority voters.
Maher then laid out the rest of the scenario: Republicans will regain the House in the 2022 midterm elections, swing states with Democratic governors in 2020 will be replaced by GOP ones in 2022, and in 2023 Trump will announce his bid for re-election on a platform that sows division and even violence.
It wouldn’t matter who the Democratic nominee would be; the GOP would frame him (i.e. Biden) or her (i.e. Harris or Klobuchar) as “the leader of the army of Satan.”
The nightmare scenario would end with a half-million armed Trump voters storming the Capitol, a redux of what happened on Jan. 6.
“I hope I scared the s— out of you,” Maher ended the segment, leading viewers to ponder what America’s future may hold.
Watch it in full, above.