Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Michael Moore and Rob Reiner joined Chris Matthews for a late-night fray with a special edition of MSNBC’s Hardball that aired at midnight to take down President Donald Trump’s first address joint session of Congress.
Bill Maher joked that he “loved” Trump’s speech and then told Matthews by phone, “Every president, to a degree, talks out of two sides of their mouths but this guy is on a level beyond what anybody has seen.” When Matthews noted that the Trump White House’s tease about a more humane immigration policy didn’t exactly materialize in the speech, Maher replied, “Well, he probably didn’t want to lose his base.”
Michael Moore described Trump’s speech as a “new chapter” of George Orwell’s 1984. Earlier in the day, the president seemed to be implying the recent bomb threats on Jewish Community Centers were false flag operations. Then, at the top of his speech, he condemned them as unacceptable acts of hate.
“To a malignant narcissist, you are not thinking about insulting anybody, because it’s about you,” Moore said. “That would require empathy.”
Shifting to Ryan Owens, the fallen Navy SEAL, Moore said, “his death came as a result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law and a political hack,” Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon. “Whether it was a valuable mission or not,” Moore said Trump was clearly “using” Owens’ widow.
“That’s why she’s there, as sort of an ‘f-you’ to the people who are criticizing him for this,” Moore continued. “And this poor woman, this widow who has lost her husband, she is in desperate grief right now. And to use that to put another notch on his belt—and what is he thinking about? ‘My ratings. Record Applause. I’m going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch!’”
“This is the sickness of this man,” Moore concluded.