Welcome to an HBO podcast from the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher. Thank you very much. I know why you're happy today, four states have more states now have legalized marijuana and not a moment too soon.
I mean, almost the whole country now. And this not only strikes a blow against the repressive prohibition that has compromised justice in this country for way too long, but it significantly expands where I can tour.
Oregon, how about this, Oregon decriminalize coke, meth, ecstasy and heroin, and experts say this is a major win for Charlie Sheen's cargo shorts.
But OK, so let's see what else is in the news. Oh, yeah, Biden won the election. Not that we're taking sides. I just want to report that no matter who you voted for, we can all be proud that we live in the third most democratic country in North America.
Now, I don't know.
I mean, it's it's for we go on at 7:00 to the west, tend to the east over three hours before this goes on the air, the networks that were too chickenshit to call it. But plainly he's won this election. But, you know, elections in America who are a lot like losing your virginity when you're a lesbian, you know.
Between the late ballots and the recount and the lawsuits and the Electoral College, it's hard to actually know when you're finished at.
Now, of course, until all the ballots are counted, President Trump is telling everyone to stay calm and classy and respect the process. Of course he's not.
He's throwing a tantrum like the two ton whiny little bitch he is and.
He doesn't like it for the first time, he's on the other end of an eviction notice. He doesn't he doesn't like it that he probably will lose the popular vote by as much as seven million, Biden got the largest percentage against an incumbent since FDR. Looks like the Democrat. Biden will win Georgia, Georgia. And also the most conservative state ever, Arizona, Arizona. Yeah. It seems like Arizonans like president who don't shit on John McCain, you know?
It's funny, during the week, while they're counting and all these different states that are still out, Trump's goons were outside the counting center saying stop the count in Pennsylvania and count the vote in Arizona.
What do we want, justice, when do we want it? Not now. I mean, shrub's. This whole thing is like I've seen some pretty low things, so pretty low tricks by the Democrats, but counting all the ballots and that is a bridge too far.
Of course, he's saying it's a fraud and a hoax and he's suing. He's been telling us he's going to do that for a year. I've been telling you for three.
And yet the media is perpetually shocked by this, like the announcer at a wrestling match. Oh, my God, he's going to hit them with a folding chair. Yeah, it happens all the time. A pundit on Fox today said Trump may have the greatest moment of his career bringing us together with his concession speech. Really, because I'm picturing something more like the end of Scarface concede.
Concede, I'll be surprised if he comes out of the bathroom. But look, let's be gracious in victory, I just want to say, Mr. Trump, if you are watching, as you do sometimes accidentally.
You may have lost the election, but there's one thing that you will always have, and that's the knowledge that your father never loved you and your mother had sex with an ape.
All right, we've got a great show, Rosa Brooks and Malcolm Nance are here with, first up, bringing it all back to that. We had to do it.
He is the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, who is featured in the new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma.
Tristan Harris, a. OK, so first of all, what a great documentary, not all documentary, there's some reenactments in there and I'm going to get to that in a minute. But I wanted to ask you first about the election. You know, everyone who voted thinks they made a free and fair choice, certainly free my free will. But what you're getting at is that because of the manipulation that goes on from social media where most people get their news now, it really wasn't a free choice in every sense of the word, was it?
No. Well, I mean, so the thing I think people need to get is that we are 10 years into this mind warp where we have been fed a individualise reality. Roger McNamee, you had been here two years. You're talking about is The Truman Show. We've got three billion Truman shows. And everyone thinks that because, you know, imagine a husband and wife couple, they follow the same friends on Facebook. They've got the same friends that they open up Facebook.
They should see the same feed. But that's not actually how it works. They'll actually see completely different realities based on what the algorithms will say. This is the thing that's likely to keep you here. And what that did is took the shared reality. We have put it through a paper shredder and gave each of us a micro reality in which we're more and more certain that we're right and the other side is wrong. And it's totally confused us. I mean, we are so confused.
We're 10 years into this process now, which nobody voted on. No, it just happened. And we, of course, were always seduced by convenience. No one wants to give up the phone. I mean, you know, I can't imagine doing that. Correct. But one thing I love that you portray, as I was alluding to a minute ago in the movie, is you personify what an algorithm is really. I mean, an algorithm is just inside the computer.
But you have three actors there, as from Mad Men, in fact, the actor from Edmond. Right. And they're watching this guy on screens and there and we see them making decisions about how they can manipulate him or we're going to send him an alert or we're going to say he got to like on that. Oh, we're going to tell him that there's a woman he's interested in within a hundred feet or his ex-girlfriend that he has right else.
Maybe we'll use the ex-girlfriend that'll get him back.
And this is what I mean, without people actually doing that, that is what's going on, right? Yeah, that's right. So, I mean, even take if you believe it is evil, I mean, that's the whole point is because of this competition for attention, the company started getting really aggressive about how could what could they dangle in front of your nervous system to get you to come back? If you ever try to to delete your Facebook account, it'll actually show you five friends faces and says, are you sure you want to delete your account?
These five photos, these five friends, they're going to miss you. So it's like a digital drug lord. When you when you leave, they try to figure out something to dangle in front of you to convince you to to come back. And it's really just, you know, it's destroyed our mental health of our teenagers. It's polarized our societies. It's addicted each of us. And it is really warped. I think the the psyche that now we are in the middle of with this election, because I think much like a psychotic patient has a mind that is fractured against itself, we are national psyche is now fractured against itself.
If you look at even the examples that count the vote, people in the stop the count, there's a great stat recently that Republicans estimate that a third of Democrats are LGBTQ, even though only six percent are. And Democrats estimate that. Thirty eight percent of Republicans make more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year, even though it's only two two percent of Republicans make that much money. So we really have been confused by these individual realities that have warped all of our perceptions.
And it's especially dangerous now because a great deal of the country is going to believe that this election is stolen. Yeah, that Joe Biden is not a legitimate president. And then what? Then what happens? Because then it's not like Facebook is going to shut that side down or are they? Are they going to I mean, they've taken the companies have now taken moves that we never saw up until a few months ago. That's right.
And it's due to a lot of the public pressure that they haven't acted enough. So there's this weird situation we're in where if you let the Frankenstein run without any controls and so anything goes viral, if it gets the most clicks and likes, that just rewards the most conspiracy theories. Alex, you know, YouTube, for example, recommended Alex Jones Infowars conspiracy theories 15 billion times, which is more than the combined traffic of New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Fox News combined.
And when you just realize the scale of of all of that, conspiracy theories are especially dangerous because they're like a trust bomb. They warp your perception of everything that comes after it. In fact, the best predictor of whether you'll believe in a new conspiracy theory is whether I already got you to believe in one. And once you believe, for example, the election is rigged or it's stolen, then you perceive everything through that lens and it warps all of your perceptions.
But also, I don't think they're doing it well. I mean, Twitter, can I read you what was blocked on Twitter just last week? And this is from the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan. I don't really agree with this comment, but this is what he said he's talking about. They're continuing to build the wall every day, which is his domain. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators and drugs from entering our country.
It's a fact walls work. I could take issue with some things in there, but it's an opinion. This should not have been blocked. This feeds into them, right. Saying you just don't want to hear anything, that you don't agree with this. And this is a platform, Twitter, it's about expressing opinions. And here's somebody express his opinion and agree with it. But then it's like, well, my opinion isn't your opinion. So you can't talk on my platform about opinions.
That's fucked up, too.
It is how I got the Liberals to blog for that. Good. I think we have to protect freedom of speech.
I think the distinction that Arenado Resta makes is, is freedom of speech is not the same as freedom to reach, meaning we're all granted the right to speak. But are you granted a football stadium sized audience to say anything you want without accountability? And when you let that become the default, like that's what makes up our information environment, that the default information all of us are consuming is each of us get a football sized stadium and say whatever you want without any accountability.
Like imagine how you would feel if all your ex romantic partners could get on on a football stadium TV screen and say whatever they wanted without any accountability. You don't end up with a healthy information environment. And we also get more rewarded. The more extreme things that we say and the more extreme thing you say, the more likes and feedback you get, which leads us into our own distortion of, hey, we're really right. We have all these supporters, we're on the right side of history.
So what is the answer? I mean, how do you protect free speech while also. Not looking like you're centering, I saw Trump made that outrageous statement yesterday. Yeah. And I noticed CNN didn't cut into it, but FOX but MSNBC right away couldn't seem to cut away from cut right right away to say this is bullshit. And of course, it was bullshit. But the people who don't know it's bullshit, bullshit who have been trained to not see that is bullshit.
And let's be honest, the underlying of all of this, what we're talking about is that the American people are just too stupid to be governed.
They have no bullshit detector. They believe a lot of kooky stuff on the left and on the right. They believe in Kuhnen a lot. I mean, there is no bullshit detector. There's no knowledge of the past. You can't scare them by saying Trump is becoming a totalitarian. What's that? Well, you know, like East Germany. What's that? Yeah, during the Cold War. What's that?
If they have I can't scare someone with this if I don't know what I'm talking about. Well, I think not this audience.
We know it's true. Well, I mean. And they come to this show, you're not that guy, but that is that is what we're dealing with. I mean, I think we have to realize the technology wouldn't be so scary if people had a better brain to deal with.
Right. But what if social media done to our brains? What's the. But what is social media done to our brain?
That's the problem that social media is the downgrading of our attention spans are critical thinking, our ability to form an opinion on anything that's not the hyper present. We don't read books anymore. We have polarization, conspiracy.
That's so the time suck. Yeah, absolutely. Time suck. Well, and so we just don't have time to do things that are deeper. Right. Because because the business model, so long as we're the product, which is the point we make in the right, we are worth more when we are addicted, distracted, outraged, narcissistic, polarized and disinformed than if we're a thriving citizen, an informed citizen of a democracy. Right. And the same thing is true.
A child is worth more if they're narcissistic and attention seeking and see how many likes they have, then if they're actually a free, you know, growing, developing kid playing with their friends. And so just as Justin, who's the inventor of the like button, who's in the film, says, the end know so long is as a whale is worth more dead than alive in a tree is worth more as two by fours than as a tree.
In this new model of this attention business model where the whale we're the tree, we are the thing that is being mined to be converted, to be converted as a balloon.
It went smoother in rehearsal, but I thought we pulled it off. All right, one more thing and then I'll let you go.
But you said a few minutes ago about we destroyed the minds of our teenagers. How can you tell?
How can we tell? I feel like you should be making my points. But but that's a that's a powerful statement. Yeah, well, I think so, because they're going to be the leaders soon. And the voters. Yeah. So the teenagers aren't stupid. I want to make sure I'm really clear. I don't want to do naive moral panic. So we've always worried about television, radio, video games, etc.. I played video games as a kid.
I grew up on technology. I'm pro technology. The difference is that this technology, the business model, is converting us into someone who cares more about the number of new likes and followers and comments that we have been living our lives. Each of us get to participate in a system that profits from social performance where we each perform, and that's what we're doing with our time instead of actually doing any of the other things that we care about. And if you look at it from a national security perspective, it's almost like, you know, this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs.
Take the United States brain. You add Facebook to it. It just downgrades as compared to societies like China or Russia or other countries that don't do that. They don't have the same. They're not going to have the same problem. So it's actually a competition for who downgrades their population the least. All right. Well, thanks, man.
You did a great job with the movie. Keep the message going. People do need to hear it. All right. All right. Let's meet our panel. Hey. And he did it and he did my fault, all right? She is the founder of the fucking thing. She's going to be the death of me. She is the trend, the Transition Integrity Project and author of the forthcoming book Tangled Up in Blue Policing the American City Out in February.
Rosa Brooks is back with us.
Great to see you. And he is a career U.S. counterterrorism intelligence officer and MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance is over here.
OK, so while the balloons will still be popping, I want to make a we have two more shows for the year. We usually end today, but I knew the election is not going to really be over. OK, so we're on for two more weeks after tonight. The best news is it two more weeks? Yes. The best news is I think that the deep state, which I say with affection. You're welcome. Which Trump has been hollowing out.
And we saw like all eight FBI leaders who were there undercover. They're all gone. I mean, Chad Wolf is head of Homeland Security. John Radclyffe is the director of intelligence. I mean, these are stooges. Bill Barr, I've always been asking you, how deep does this go? Not to the level of local election officials? These people did their job. We haven't gotten that bad, it hasn't. Now another four years maybe. But, you know, we're not you know, you know, Iraq.
Saddam and his sons, Don Jr. and Eric, they ran that country.
And back in Iraq, the election officials would all have to be Baath Party members. We're not there yet, right?
No, our process does not suck. And in Arizona, we have a Republican legislature and governor and we still have the election officials saying, hey, shut up, things are fine. There is no fraud. The same is true in Georgia. You know, the only person who is saying the election's been stolen is basically Donald Trump and his stooges. And I keep thinking, you know, who do you think stealing the election? The voters? Well, he's.
To be to be fair, what he said is we have claimed I love that we have claimed the mission.
What does he Balboa, you have claimed to Michigan. So will anyone, Fox News, any will anyone tell him you lost?
Will anyone go to him like they went to Nixon during Watergate? Remember those four senators? And they Barry Goldwater, I think was one of them. And they told him, you're out, buddy. Will anyone do that to him?
Well, you know, it's interesting because I I was up all last night watching the election coverage. And, you know, there's this reluctance to come out and say what we all know.
I mean, these counts in other states were just were easily thrown in, called by other news organizations. But they won't do it for these last four. And in fact, to be quite honest, you called the election.
Yes, I know. I call the election. Exactly. No, you will have been the first voice in media, right.
To actually come out and say Joe Biden, which is obvious, he did it that way. It looks that way. Yes. There's not going to be a giant upswing in votes from Philadelphia for Trump.
That's not going to happen. The difference is, you know, I mentioned Nixon.
They once asked Trump about Nixon and he said this is Trump's exact words. He said he left. I don't leave. Big difference.
Remember those words he left. I don't leave it.
Big difference. You know, I'll tell you the most hopeful sign to me right now, and I'm usually the one, is predicting doom and apocalypse and catastrophe. But we have seen some rats swinging away from the sinking ship.
We have seen some GOP officials have been trumpeting the Lexington cell. And they're like, no, no, no, no, it's OK. It's fine. We got to count the votes. Shut up.
To me, that's very hopeful. I think it is not actually impossible that we see that kind of Nixon intervention where Trump is still stamping his feet and sulking and having tantrums. And we get some you know, maybe even the Mitch McConnell of the world say, dude, you're you're gone.
I don't know, because forty eight percent of the people voted. Well, maybe that'll go down by a percentage, but that's a lot of people who voted for Donald Trump and a lot of them, as we were just talking about. I think this is illegitimate. I don't believe it. Nixon didn't have that going for him. And I mean, I've been saying it for a long time, but I don't think Trump is. I don't know what's going to happen.
But we have a stalker now, whether he's whether he's the president or not, the president, he is the ex husband who kills his family on Christmas Eve. Seriously, he he's O.J. He does not like seeing America driving around on Goldmann private island with, you know, no extradition treaty, private island.
How about that? You know, third world leaders used to take a billion dollars and would run off to the French Riviera. Yeah, right. And settle. That doesn't happen with dictators anymore. You know, in Egypt, you know, Mubarak, all these guys could have taken their money and gone. Donald Trump is like them. He wants to stay here. He wants to be part of this system. I mean, a better analogy, I thought would have been sleeping with the enemy, right.
With the towels. All right.
We're going to have Joe Carmilla Donald every morning here to come in. There's going to be an extra towel in your bathroom. He is.
But, you know, as funny as all this seems, we are going to have a really serious problem. Yeah, I'm going to give you doom and gloom. We are going to have a political paramilitary insurgency in which Donald Trump will be Saddam Hussein. We already got Uday and Qusay, his sons and his daughter. So you're saying military, paramilitary, in other words, not actual military like in these countries. We don't want to use the official military.
So they have their boogaloo boys, right?
Big boys, proud boys, the rest of the vanilla ISIS crew out there, you know, the people he calls member, he calls them the rough people.
We have rough people. Bikers know good people. The problem is these convoys that we saw in the run up to the election, what I'm most concerned about convoys. You mean, you know, these these ISIS like Trump convoys of, you know, the 200 trucks out there.
What happens when somebody says we don't recognize no Joe Biden's election and those convoys become armed convoys and they start blocking highways?
They're not now. Not yet. I mean, we've seen some done in Maricopa County with Alex Jones guys coming out with their long as there are states and they're open carry.
Yeah, there are states with those, but we're talking about moving from the legal realm to them believing their world is legitimate. And in their world, Donald Trump remains president.
So there there's not a world where the Republicans have a come to Jesus meeting and they all get in a room, Mitch McConnell, and they say to themselves, look, we got out of this guy as much as we could have hoped. We got three Supreme Court picks. We threw a good scare into the liberals. Let's cut our losses, get up from no right because of the people in the streets. And that's why I'm more optimistic than you, Malcolm, a little bit, which is really unusual, trust me.
But I think I think, you know, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The scenario you outline is not impossible. We need to take it really, really seriously. But it's also not inevitable. I think most of the Republicans in Congress, all the evidence is that they secretly hate Trump's guts, that they will be so happy to see the last of them that that their incentives are starting to differ from his, that they're beginning to think, you know what, maybe my dear voters are better off.
Their voters like him better than they like.
But that goes back to your conversation with Tristan. I think here's there's good news and there's bad news. And the bad news dovetails with what Malcolm said. The good news is I don't think the 48 percent of people who voted for Trump are nuts. I think a lot of them are misinformed because of all the issues. Tristan was right, but I don't think they want to see a civil war.
There is bad news and Malcolm knows more about this than I do the bad news.
When you look at al-Qaeda, when you look at ISIS, when you look at other terrorist groups and insurgencies, you don't need to have a majority of the people supporting them or even a plurality.
You just need to have a really tiny group that is really ruthless, really well-armed, really well financed and really organized to cause havoc in a society for quite a while.
That said, I don't think we're there in this country yet. I think right now those organized right wing militia groups are not very organized. Frankly, they're pretty messed up. Do they need to be or.
Yeah, they kind of do because they keep getting caught, because they keep screwing up that well and our job. But, you know, and that could change. I mean, Malcolm, you're absolutely right to be worried about this because this could change our job in the next few years is to make damn sure that those guys don't go from being a bunch of klutzes to being an organized group.
Well, this is why I was saying that this is more like a paramilitary political paramilitary. Jency, phase one insurgency starts off with disgruntlement within a certain population and then the support of terrorist or paramilitary units, the fired Baath Party. You know, I have said this many times this week. We are looking at Baghdad, April 20, April 23, where the Baath Party disappears after they all lose their jobs. Right. And there is no Iraqi army anymore.
And we think we've occupied this country. And then out of nowhere comes this low grade insurgency. Granted, a lot of these guys are a bunch of rubes with rifles.
And this is why we fund SWAT teams, right, to handle people who are going to work outside of the law.
But in their mind and this goes to what Treston was saying, they live in an alternate reality, which has been crafted by their own propaganda, which has been using the social media distribution system to allow them to believe that their America is the we, the people of America of the revolution. And I'm sorry, these guys think they're the sons of liberty. Oh, I know. I've seen people say we should make a flag. Yeah, we should tar and feather people.
Yeah. Let me tell you something about the sixty nine million people that voted for Donald Trump. I'm going to channel my inner Epicloud and Jason Johnson. They have been on air saying this. These people have revealed themselves for the racist that they are for the tribalists that they are they don't care about e pluribus unum from many one they care about. I got mine and you know, you shouldn't get anything off of. You think that's every Trump voter.
They voted for this consciously knowing what Donald Trump stood for for the last four years. They. And they look almost a level of fanaticism I've only seen in in some groups in Middle East terrorist groups. But I'm going to disagree with that.
And again, this goes back to Tristan's point, right? You know, everybody's in their information bubble. And I've talked to Trump voters who, you know, there's like it's like parallel lines. They don't intersect. They're in their world. We're in our world. We think we think with some reason that our world is reality based on theirs is not.
But they're they're looking at stuff. They're looking at all this crap. And they're reading like Trump has done more for the black people than anyone since President Abraham Lincoln. They're like, wow, that's great. That's awesome. He's not a racist.
Look how good he's been, you know? And they're being fed a line of crap. Yes. But as Christiane said, every algorithm is feeding them that crap. And if that's all you're hearing and Uncle Joe and Uncle Bob say the same thing and Cousin Mary says the same thing in the guy at the hardware store says the same thing and the radio.
And one of the really sinister things that's been happening is the far right has been buying up dying radio, dying local radio and TV stations keep the same low, keep the same branding, 90 percent of it still coverage of bake sales and high school football games, 10 percent of its kuhnen crazy, you know, but it's sort of like if somebody bought up NPR or whatever and we didn't know and 10 percent of it was nuts, you know, and we'd be like, oh, shit, that's terrible.
You know, it doesn't make them I don't think it's that people are dumb.
I think it's that people you know, how do we know what we know. We know. We know because people we trust talk to us. And if everybody you trust is being fed the same shit, then you did a lot of shit in.
Well, can but can I trust it a lot better with the black vote than he did last time?
We don't really know that. We don't really know that because the exit polling we saw were people who showed up at the polls.
There's that a hundred million Americans who actually voted by mail. So I'm not sure I buy that. And that's sort of like in the same thread of propaganda that we that we generally get from conservatives. Right. Everything they do is better than the others.
Well, this I read in The New York Times. Yeah, well, it's not a conservative of conservative.
They're only going with what data they could get on Election Day. And we're now seeing the data, you know, the votes that weren't shown on Election Day. So you just deny the premise. No, I mean, maybe you're right. I mean, that's true. The melinde votes. Maybe we don't know. We don't know. Right.
But one thing that is for sure is that the far right, the extremist, violent white supremacist, far white right, has been waging an insurgency warfare, primarily using information warfare for several years. And Malcolm, you've got a book coming out about this, and I think it's taken until quite recently for Democrats and the left in the Senate even wake up and notice.
So they are so far ahead in terms of sophistication and creativity. Obviously, our side is kind of constrained by this sort of quaint loyalty to telling the truth. Their side is not.
Well, let me tell you something. I'll tell you a little spy stuff here, or maybe people just see the world differently. Well, you know, I don't think it's I mean, I think he's a terrible leader, but I don't think it's terrible that there is diversity in the black community or in any community.
And I don't know.
I mean, that was Colin Powell, conservative way back when right now called far left liberal. Right. Right. But I was about to say, let me say some spy stuff.
I worked the Rwanda mission back when Rwanda had its genocide. Wow. And in the run up to that in French language, all the broadcast from Radio Middle Collene there, cryptococcal was using what we called elimination ist rhetoric.
Furhman, you know, elimination ist rhetoric, Hitler stuff.
I see that rhetoric every day, all day as I monitor right wing sites. And the thing is, it's now starting to percolate up into the mainstream of the Republican phonons in Congress. Well, by next year, I suspect that the Republican Party's main platform will be Cunard's platform of that. You know, the all liberals or a satanic cult must be put to death.
I see it now all the time.
It's beyond the fray. So we have had a tradition here on this show since we've been on for a long time. This started on the 2004 election that after a hard fought election is over, that we would salute some of the people who we won't be seeing anymore.
I'm kidding. We're saying good riddance to some of the people who you will never have to see again. So if you would please know, I'll remind. A tradition here since 2004, farewell douche bags, but again, they're not all going away. I mean, even if Trump does not prevail with his recounting stuff, I just want to say, a few weeks ago I did an editorial at the end of the show here and I was saying he's going to Guss the Electoral College.
Guss is my sort of password for meaning the movie we talk about where they signed a mule to kick field goals because the team did in the movie, because the rule book doesn't say specifically that you can't have a mule on the team because we didn't think we had to write it down.
And we've seen Trump, Gus, everything else. If you don't specifically write it down, he does it. And I say he's going to break it down.
He still does it. Well, if you write it down, he still does it to a degree.
Yeah, but but a lot of it is not written down. And the Electoral College, the fact that whoever wins the most votes in that state gets the electors not written down, not in the Constitution. I said he's going to guess the electoral system. Here's Steve Bannon. Yesterday, state legislatures controlled by Republicans, controlled by Trump faction get to select the electors. I know you don't like it. And he mentions all the media outlets, but that's reality.
People are going to say, oh, Ben, and you're saying the quiet part out loud. Well, it's time to say it out loud, we won this, we won control of every piece of this, we controlled the courts, we control the state legislatures, we control the House and the Senate. Mark Levin says the same thing. Reminder to this Republican state legislatures, you have the final say over choosing the electors. Get ready to do your constitutional duty.
This is their next move. To steal the election, I don't think they're going to actually succeed in doing that, I'm not even sure they're going to make a serious effort because I think they are already hearing even from those again, from those Republican dominated states like Arizona and Georgia, they're already hearing.
No, that's just not happening. The vote count is accurate. So I think they're going to get pushback from within their own party. And I didn't think that a few months ago. I was much more worried. But but, you know, that's a crazy nuclear option. Nothing is impossible. But I don't think they're going to I don't think they're going to get away with it.
But why do you have this optimism when you're so weird?
I know when you say I mean, every time I mean, I've been having this argument for years on this show, and I'm always the guy saying, but don't you see he didn't stop by this go this obstacle you put in his way. He why why is it always people thinking, oh, but this one is now maybe.
I almost never think that. Trust me, I'm always like this guy is following. So so.
Yeah. But what you're saying now it's going to stay because I think because I think that thousands and thousands and thousands of people work really hard to prepare for this. Exactly. This right.
Call the people at the state level called the people. Do you want to be the guy who fucks up American democracy permanently? Really? Are you sure? And I think that that actually had some effect. I really do.
And what if it goes to the Supreme Court? He's talking about that a lot. Now, last week we saw Brett Kavanaugh. He won. He tried to stop the vote in Wisconsin. And the ruling he issued was laughable. The things he cited, it looked like he'd been drinking.
I don't really I mean, if you're a bright guy, he's like he's a man who likes beer.
I mean, but I mean, he said, you know, if you count the ballots after Election Day, there's going to be chaos. This is a point, a talking point he took right out of Trump's ass.
Right. There's there's no evidence. There's no evidence of it. No, we've done it many times. I mean, even some Republicans like Marco Rubio is I guess that's what we do. It takes sometimes a few days to count. The votes now with Brett Kavanaugh has already tipped his hand that that's where he is on this. Do you trust them? You know, you're right.
Four years of you saying, you know, hearing people say the quiet parts out loud, this administration tells you what they're going to do. Right. All right. First off, let me say something about Steve Benen. Why in God's name are we listening to that fat criminal bastard talk about anything?
Right. He's really trying to create a fascism academy in Italy so that he could perpetuate all these things. We have been warning about these people. Listen, they may not be able to do it. The mechanics of it may not work for it, but they're thinking about it constant.
That's my point. Absolutely. And they're not just thinking about it. They're putting it out there. They absolutely are. And if Republicans are good at anything, it's the kindling and then the fire and they all get in line.
They plot in their evil lair and then they all get on the same page. But you Democrats never do that. Never you get on the same page. They have great message. They have great words. And they never say stupid things like thought word.
That sounds like, you know, we're going to the Supreme Court. And it reminded me, are you guys lawyers?
You know, you guys do it reminded me of this old like, yes, I am.
And I'm classic law school first year thing. Professors say they outline this ridiculous situation where somebody has absolutely no basis for a claim against somebody. And they say to students, can they sue? And the students are like, no, because that would be absurd.
And the professor says smugly, they can sue anybody, can sue anybody for anything. Well, anybody can go to the Supreme Court about anything. It doesn't mean they're going to win. And right now, I am not seeing any non ridiculous argument that the Republicans have.
Republican judges all over the country have basically been throwing out their claims because they're crap.
It's not impossible.
You know, of course, they will try to go to the Supreme Court, but I think even the Supreme Court, even with a justice, Amy CONI Barrett, they know 20 to the election of 2000, Bush v. Gore, five four decision partisan lines devastating to their institutional legitimacy. We saw, we saw and all the sort of measures of public confidence in institutions plummets after that.
I don't think I think even a lot of the conservatives on that court, maybe not for cabinet, you know, I don't think they want to be the ones who are seen for the second time in 20 years. As for partisan reasons, tipping the election to the guy who did not win the majority of votes, this goes back to your point about about maybe they're going to have a come to Jesus moment.
Maybe they're all going to sit together and and decide that, you know, you know, we're not going to do anything this time. We're going to work with Biden. This is not. Happening right now is reality time, right? I mean, what's happening here for every idiot, they have any leadership. They have two very intelligent people who make money off of that idiot. And they have lawyers.
They have scholars who have justified everything that they're doing. The same way that, you know, a certain regime in the 1930s and 40s justified everything they did.
If you ever seen the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, that is about the Supreme Court of Nazi Germany on trial, having passed laws to justify the genocide in Nazi Germany, don't think that they're not going to do anything that they say out loud. Right. They will make an attempt.
Right. And it doesn't.
And I must say, I think Biden's going to get three hundred and six, but it didn't help that it wasn't more of an overwhelming victory, which which we expected for someone who is as repugnant as a human as Donald Trump and ineffectual as a leader who didn't deliver the wall or health care or jobs or for something that bad to his vote, total went up.
And, you know, whenever I would ask people for the last three years on this show, you know, like, he's not going to leave. What are you going to do? First, they would say, Bill, you smoked too much pot is not going to that would.
Which is wrong. I smoked just the right amount.
And then and then I would press the case and say, but what is the plan, what do we do? And they would say, well, first we got to win big, which always pissed me off because we shouldn't have to win big. We should win by one vote the same as them. One vote should win the fact that he could win by seven million. And we're sweating this out. Well, that's the Electoral College. We'll get to that, too, but did not win as big as we thought he would.
What is it about the 70 million people who are still voting for Donald Trump? And we look at them and go, how could you prefer him? To what we're selling. What about him or what about us is so off-putting that you don't see that we're better? What's that answer to that question? Well, I'm going to go back to your original guest. There's a disinformation bubble out there which is allowed these people to live their true selves. You know, that joke everybody's been making about the hoods are off now?
Yeah, the hoods didn't have to go on. This is the way they live.
But it doesn't have to be that they're racist. They can be nice. They can make apple pie. They can be your best friend.
I have a neighbor who has a giant Trump sign in front of them. I think he may have stolen my giant bydesign, but you know what? I don't hold that stuff against them. I'm seeing now they hold this against the other 60 percent of America. And I'm afraid that they are going to live that in that bubble where they're going to have to do something to restore that. And whether that's, you know, like I said, a low grade, you know, political insurgency or Donald Trump giving them orders via Twitter, as you say, he ain't going away.
This man is going to subvert and undermine everything that happens for the next four years. And he thinks that he can put his regime back into power. Some of them may think that armed force might be the way that they do it. I don't know. I'm just not taking any chances. We need to rule.
We need to leave. We won the election. We will.
Joe Biden needs to run this country for all Americans. They ran the country for forty percent of America and ran roughshod over 60 percent. We need to do it right.
And if they want to come along, they'll get free health care bill.
I think we need to do two things at the same time. One is that we need to get way smarter about essentially the information domain, you know, that we've got to be we've got to be actively and creatively fighting that disinformation from the right because it's not going to stop.
And if we don't take it seriously, there is a real danger that it whips things up into stuff that we don't even want to think about. Right. But at the same time, I also think, you know, we're not that great at figuring out how to talk to people who disagree with us without saying, hey, you're you're pretty stupid.
Or I would have realized that Donald Trump is an asshole. You know, you're pretty deplorable. You must be a moron. And nobody to mine never got changed.
Maybe they're disinformation weapons system.
Facebook needs to be broken up.
That that would help, too. But but but but I also think we actually know a lot. Not only do we know from the work people that Trystan and others have done, we know a lot about how to make people hate each other. And it actually, it turns out, was pretty easy.
Unfortunately, we seem to be hardwired for dividing people into my tribe.
Your tribe, I hate you, but we also know the algorithm, the algorithm, the algorithm picks those things good. But we also know a lot from social psychology about how you can break down differences. It's harder. It's slower. It consists not of saying you suck, you're racist. You know, you're sexist. You're a jerk.
You just obviously don't know anything. It consists of saying, ha, you know, I thought, you know, what made you feel that way? That's interesting.
I will end on one positive possibility. I think if the Republicans do as you say, that they maybe come to him and he knows that he can't actually get there anyway. I think he's such a narcissist that he'll leave early. He knows he knows if he knows he's going to get thrown out on January 20th, just go fuck you, you take it bad if you don't want me. All right. Time for new rules, everybody. New rules.
OK, new rule, if your position is they have to stop counting the ballots in the states where you're ahead or it's fraud and they have to keep counting the ballots in the states where you're behind or it's fraud, you have to consider maybe it's you who's the fraud. On the bright side, when you're constantly pulling things out of your ass, it makes it harder for the door to hit you there on your way out.
Neuro stop saying you still can't believe covid didn't kill Trump. It may have, but when the Grim Reaper came for him, Trump refused to go.
Your dad told your dad, many people are saying very strongly, I've just been born.
Someone needs to break it to the kids on Twitter who say if Trump wins, they're moving to Canada.
Canada doesn't want you know, it's clear Canada's immigration policy is to favor skilled professionals. And sorry, drawing a flower in the cockpit phone doesn't go.
Canada's ideal candidate is a 35 year old doctor with no kids who's willing to relocate to the Northwest Territories and open a clinic for indigenous people. That's a long way from art school graduate who sells candles on Etsy.
Well, now that Oregon has become the first state to decriminalise heroin, coke, meth and mushrooms, they have to change their tourism slogan to Oregon, come for the heroin, coke, meth and mushrooms and stay because you're unresponsive.
Nuriel, Someone must invent an energy drink called Five Hour Kolonaki.
It's part cocaine, part the pill Bradley Cooper took in Limitless, and it allows you to stay here for an entire week at.
Big performance, wearing the same clothes, not the best thing for punchlines. All right.
Finally, new rule now that the engagement of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton is Instagram official, they must hurry up and do it and stay married for the good of the nation.
Because if there is one thing America needs right now, it is a symbol of reconciliation between red and blue America.
Now, a month ago, the tabloids were filled with disturbing stories about the imminent breakup of this handsome, charismatic couple, and it shook me to my core.
Here's what's true. US Weekly reported the pair's opposing political views have become a big problem, which I could have predicted. He's a good ol boy from Oklahoma and sings about trucks and beer and things that happen down by the river.
And she's the pop princess, Hollaback girl from California, of course, they voted for different people. I don't know that for a fact. I just know it's true.
Come on, she's Whole Foods, he's Piggly Wiggly, she grew up playing punk, he grew up hunting skunk. She stands in line to vote, he stands in line to dance. She thinks guns are crazy.
He thinks the best cheese comes in a can.
Just the fact that they're together is almost Shakespearean.
Romeo and Juliet.
But they make it work because they see each other as more than just who they voted for, their biggest issue with the person sleeping next to them isn't party affiliation. It's untreated sleep apnea.
And they say, yes, we're different, but that's also more fun and we're going to make that work for us. They see the world differently and they love each other. What a concept. I'd like to try it. I'd like to try it in America because that's how I feel about my country, you complete me, Alabama.
Because you complete me, does it mean because we're exactly alike, it means because we are different? I don't want to live in a country without the red states. I like traveling there. When people talk to you in Oklahoma, they're not scanning the room to see if there's someone more important, because frankly, when I'm there, there never is.
Also, they laugh like nobody's watching. They don't have a non-dairy gluten free hypoallergenic stick up their ass.
Even the pro lifers will laugh at a good dead baby joke.
Well, look, I'm pro-choice, but I also get it that a fetus is irrefutably becoming a human life.
So can I see why some people think you are actually the one who's deplorable? Yes, I can.
So let's all stop doing that. Let's all stop seeing each other as deplorable. Wednesday, Biden said we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. Look at this guy.
Do you think he's a racist? I don't. And I don't think Gwen Stefani would marry one. One out of 10 Trump voters voted for Obama.
I doubt if Blake Shelton was one of them, but that's OK.
We don't all see the world the same way. Get over it. During the campaign, there was a lot of talk about who can unite us. No president can unite us. We have to unite ourselves.
There are only two ways this country can go, either we come together and forgive our differences or we turn into the Balkans. For decades, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia was a diverse city where Serbs, Croats and Muslims lived together as friendly neighbors. In nineteen eighty four, they hosted the Olympics. Eight years later, people were getting shot by snipers when they went out for milk. Don't tell me it can't happen here. If Trump has taught us anything, it's that it can't happen here.
Is it terribly outdated phrase and only can happen here? It kind of is happening here. People were afraid in this election to display lawn signs for the candidate of their choice. If it was in a neighborhood where that was a decidedly minority opinion, that's like gang neighborhoods where you dare not get caught wearing the wrong color. Now, more than ever, we need an example of cross-cultural love to send a message to our broken nation that love can lift us up where we belong, like a majestic eagle soaring above the fray and shitting all over the haters below.
And that is why I say for the sake of the nation, Gwen Blake, you have to make this work, not a serious it would be psychologically devastating if you are one symbol of America's to haves coming together.
Shit the bed on this. So don't get married. Do it quickly and make it stick forever. No pressure.
All right. That's our show. I want to thank Rosa Brooks, Malcolm Nance and Tristan Harris. We're back next week, hopefully. Thank you, catch all new episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher every Friday night at 10:00. We'll watch him any time on HBO. On demand for more information, log on to HBO Dotcom.