On Friday’s “Real Time” on HBO, two of the most prominent liberal personalities, Bill Maher and Michael Moore, said the Republican Party’s opposition to President Barack Obama at almost every turn amounts to anti-American criminality.
According to Maher, the show’s host, House Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obama’s health care reform and Senate Republicans’ blocking of his judicial nominations go beyond loyal opposition and could rise to the level of treason.
“What about trying to repealing [Obamacare] for the 37th time? Is that a wise use of our resources and time? I mean, at some point obstruction becomes, I don’t know, treason, you know? I mean they’ve also blocked Obama’s head of the EPA. There’s no head of the circuit court in D.C. You know, at some point it just becomes more about hating him than loving your country.”
But Moore said it was much more than that. The documentary filmmaker said opponents of Obama’s agenda hate their country.
“No, they hate America,” Moore replied. “That’s really what it is. I think these conservatives and right-wingers for as much as they say they love this country — they hate it. They hate the government. They hate the people.”
Maher reacted to Moore’s remarks and asked if the government and the country are two different things, but Moore maintained his claim.
“It shouldn’t be,” he said. “The government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, right? So why is the government the big evil bastard here?”
“Because Mike, it got taken over by a Kenya socialist, that’s why,” Maher replied, with a faux southern accent in a mocking tone. “That’s why we need our guns. We might have to take over the government.”