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Bill Maher slams FBI’s Trump raid, says it has ‘saved him politically’

Bill Maher has criticized the FBI‘s raid on Mar-a-Lago, saying the incident only serves as political fuel to transform Donald Trump into ‘president martyr.’ 

During Friday’s episode of The Real Time, Maher took aim at the divisive raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home this week, where authorities claim the former president held onto a trove of classified documents after leaving office. 

Although Maher initially poked fun at the incident, he warned Democrats that the raid has only strengthened the chances of a successful Trump 2024 presidential campaign. 

‘His fortune was finally falling. The Big Lie was finally losing momentum,’ Maher said, referencing Trump’s unproven claim that the 2020 election was stolen. 

‘DeSantis was beating him in the polls, you know who hates this more than anybody? DeSantis,’ Maher said of the popular GOP Florida governor. ‘Like ‘I had this in the bag and now I got to run against President Martyr.”‘

Real Time Host Bill Maher (above) criticized the raid on Mar-a-Lago, saying that it could serve to fuel a successful Trump 2024 presidential campaign 

Donald Trump and his supporters have condemned the raid, calling it a political 'witch hunt'

Donald Trump and his supporters have condemned the raid, calling it a political ‘witch hunt’ 

Authorities claim the former president held onto a trove of classified documents after leaving office. Maher said if the raid is found to be unjust, it would transform Trump into 'President Martyr' and easily win him the GOP's presidential primary

Authorities claim the former president held onto a trove of classified documents after leaving office. Maher said if the raid is found to be unjust, it would transform Trump into ‘President Martyr’ and easily win him the GOP’s presidential primary

Speaking with Fox Nation host Piers Morgan and New York City journalist Rikki Schlott, Maher claimed that the raid seemed necessary, according to claims made by the US Department of Justice. 

Maher and Morgan, however, said the incident has been heavily politicized, and that the FBI needed to prove raiding Mar-a-Lago was necessary by revealing the scope of what was uncovered and what the dangers were for Trump to have those documents. 

‘Is it going to justify this raid or is this going to be a political nightmare?’ Maher asked, adding that he believes Trump may have not even known what was in the documents he had. 

Morgan echoed the big question, saying: ‘If you take a swing this big, you do an unprecedented act, you go and raid Mar-a-Lago with over 30 FBI agents, you’ve got to land a big punch int terms of evidence. 

‘In the end, it comes down to what is in these boxes. If it turns out to be the real deal, if it turns out that Donald Trump has violated the Espionage Act, that is a serious crime and he should be held to account.  

‘If it doesn’t turn out to be there, then there are legitimate questions, I think, from the Trump supporters about the different standards applied to Donald Trump that hasn’t been applied to Hillary Clinton, to James Comey, to Hunter Biden and the others.’

Speaking with Fox Nation host Piers Morgan (left) and New York City journalist Rikki Schlott (center), Maher claimed that Trump was losing favor and money, but now the raid has revitalized his base in a new wave of support for the former president

Speaking with Fox Nation host Piers Morgan (left) and New York City journalist Rikki Schlott (center), Maher claimed that Trump was losing favor and money, but now the raid has revitalized his base in a new wave of support for the former president 

Morgan echoed warnings to the FBI that the raid needs to be fully justified, and suggested it could be a political ploy by Biden to repeat his victory against Trump

Morgan echoed warnings to the FBI that the raid needs to be fully justified, and suggested it could be a political ploy by Biden to repeat his victory against Trump 

Trump, pictured in New York, said he was watching from Trump Tower as the FBI raided multiple rooms in his Mar-a-Lago home, in Florida.

Trump, pictured in New York, said he was watching from Trump Tower as the FBI raided multiple rooms in his Mar-a-Lago home, in Florida. 

Morgan also suggested that if Trump gets the GOP nomination to run for president, then it would be what Joe Biden wanted. 

‘If you’re Joe Biden, who would you rather face — Donald Trump, who has all the baggage, who has the Jan. 6 investigation ranging a number of legal actions, all this stuff now… or would you rather face a much younger, more dynamic DeSantis, who hasn’t had the baggage?’ 

Although Maher backed the decision of FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, saying they must have had a clear reason to go forth with the raid, he echoed that the justification needs to be solid given Trump’s adamant denial of any wrongdoing. 

‘And this is saving Trump politically because now, of course, all Republicans, what do they do,’ Maher added, referencing the wave of support Trump has received in condemning the raid. 

Many took to social media and agreed with Maher’s take on the raid, saying it’s only giving Trump more attention.   

Many took to social media and agreed with Maher's take on the raid, saying it's only giving Trump more attention

Many took to social media and agreed with Maher’s take on the raid, saying it’s only giving Trump more attention

One Twitter user with the handle John wrote: The left has done more for 45 in the past 8 years, solidifying any future career in politics … and it cost him nothing.’

‘Bad press is still press… keep it up!’

Christopher Jon, another Twitter user, echoed Maher’s frustration, writing: ‘He was done, why Democrats weaponized the DOJ to try and put the final nail in the coffin is beyond me, classic stupidity. 

‘They just reloaded his ammo and gave him a rallying cry, beyond dumb.’ 

A Twitter user by the name Mike Rexford, put it simply: ‘Yep, corrupt FBI screws up yet again with Wray’s Panty Raid.’ 


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