Comedian Bill Maher says Donald Trump “has to be held accountable for what he did,” even if indicting him risks sending his base into a frenzy and trigger political violence.
“There’s always a risk of everything with anything controversial and anything important,” the “Real Time” host said in an interview with ITK on Thursday.
“It’s a valid argument. You’re going to gin up the other side to an unbelievable degree. And there is going to be violence,” Maher said, according to The Hill.
“But the alternative is worse,” he added. “You can’t allow someone to try a coup!”
“In other countries, when there’s a coup and it fails, there are repercussions: jail or, in many places, worse,” he said. “I’m not suggesting worse for Donald Trump, but I am suggesting that if you try a coup — I mean, for f—’s sake, he still hasn’t conceded the last election,” Maher said of the 45th president’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in his 2020 loss to Joe Biden.
“And he’s plotting to do it again, as I’ve been saying for years,” Maher added. “You can’t steal nuclear secrets and put them in the shed with the croquet equipment. What the f— are we talking about here?” Maher said in an incredulous tone.
“This guy cannot run again. And he has to be held accountable for what he did the last time. This cannot go on,” Maher said. “Enough of this nonsense of we only count elections when we win them.”
Read it at The Hill.