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May 12, 2024

     Bill Maher called on Joe Biden to drop out of the 2024 presidential election, saying the 80-year-old incumbent is too old to run for president and likened him to the late Ruth Bader GinsburgMaher is right, but it may be good for Republicans for Biden to stay in.

     The host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” mocked Biden, describing the president as the “only democrat who can lose to Trump,” despite the men only having a four-year age difference.  “Someone has to convince President Biden that if he runs again, he’s going to turn the country back over to Trump and go… down in history as Ruth Bader Biden, the person who doesn’t know when to quit and so does great damage to their party and their country,” Maher said, referring to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

     Ginsburg notoriously decided to not retire during the Obama administration when she could have been replaced with a liberal justice, only to die at the age of 87 in September 2020 during the Trump administration.  “What matters is voters think Biden’s too old. What matters is he’s going to lose to Trump,” he added.  Although he acknowledged Biden’s success over Donald Trump in 2020, Maher rejected Democrats’ optimistic narrative that the president will repeat his success in 2024.  Maher touted Biden as Democrats’ best bet in the last election and described him as a competent president who tackled several national and foreign issues well.

     But for Maher, the positives were far outweighed by the risks for Biden, who is already the nation’s oldest president.  “You can be a national treasure and still be too old for the job. If I’m on a plane and the pilot says, ‘This is your captain, Buzz Aldrin,’ I’m getting off,” Maher joked.  Maher went on to claim that his comments shouldn’t be seen as ageism, saying that these issues should be judged on a case-by-case scenario. And with Biden, Maher said the decision was apparent through his countless gaffes as president.  “That’s what case by case means at an event last weekend. Biden referred to L.L. Cool J as L.L.J. Cool J,” said of the president’s latest fumble.  “Say what you want about Trump, but he remembers Kanye’s name,” Maher added.  

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