Bill Maher, Michael Moore Take On Trump’s State Of the Union’ Address

Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Michael Moore and Rob Reiner joined Chris Matthews for a late-night fray with a special edition of MSNBCโ€™s Hardball that aired at midnight to take down President Donald Trumpโ€™s first address joint session of Congress.

Bill Maher joked that he “loved” Trump’s speech and then told Matthews by phone, โ€œEvery president, to a degree, talks out of two sides of their mouths but this guy is on a level beyond what anybody has seen.โ€ When Matthews noted that the Trump White Houseโ€™s tease about a more humane immigration policy didnโ€™t exactly materialize in the speech, Maher replied, โ€œWell, he probably didnโ€™t want to lose his base.โ€

Michael Moore described Trumpโ€™s speech as a โ€œnew chapterโ€ of George Orwellโ€™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.
โ€œTo a malignant narcissist, you are not thinking about insulting anybody, because itโ€™s about you,โ€ Moore said. โ€œThat would require empathy.โ€
Shifting to Ryan Owens, the fallen Navy SEAL, Moore said, โ€œhis death came as a result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law and a political hack,โ€ Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon. โ€œWhether it was a valuable mission or not,โ€ Moore said Trump was clearly โ€œusingโ€ Owensโ€™ widow.
โ€œThatโ€™s why sheโ€™s there, as sort of an โ€˜f-youโ€™ to the people who are criticizing him for this,โ€ Moore continued. โ€œAnd 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 beltโ€”and what is he thinking about? โ€˜My ratings. Record Applause. Iโ€™m going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch!โ€™โ€
โ€œThis is the sickness of this man,โ€ Moore concluded.