Bill Maher has taken aim at San Francisco’s ‘crazy’ plan to give black residents $5 million in reparations, even though the state has no history of slavery.
The 67-year-old comedian joked that serial liar George Santos, a Hispanic congressman, would be first in line for the lucrative deal.
Along with the massive payment, the proposals would also eliminate personal debt, guarantee income of $97,000 for 250 years and offer homes for just $1.
During a discussion with former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Michigan congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, Maher questioned whether the plan “goes too far.”
‘This is crazy, isn’t it?’ she added, arguing that ‘awakened madness’ is fueling the outlandish proposal.
Comedian Bill Maher took aim at San Francisco’s ‘crazy’ plan to offer $5 million in reparations for slavery
Maher’s “Real Time” show saw him discuss the issue with former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, left, and Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, right.
Opening the discussion by noting that giving each qualifying resident a payment of $5 million would be “quite a lot,” Maher repeatedly criticized the proposal as “insane.”
“And by the way, San Francisco doesn’t have a history of slavery or anything like that, you know,” he added, alluding to a common criticism of California’s slavery redress plan due to the fact that it was never a country. pro-slavery. state.
‘It would cost each citizen $600,000 each. This is crazy, isn’t it?
Panelist Andrew Yang, who ran for president in 2020 on a platform that included offering every American $1,000 a month in universal basic income, quipped that “even I didn’t get that far.”
He added that the plan could be little more than a “political statement” and argued that it can only be proposed by politicians seeking the spotlight.
“We have a lot of people at various stages of the public service who are introducing bills and policies that are more about messaging and fanning fires on social media than trying to get anything passed.”
Later in the show, Maher touched on the subject again while delivering his closing monologue, joking, “The first to comment on this was George Santos, who said ‘As a black man…'”
Pictured: The San Francisco board of supervisors that will decide to adopt some or all of the repair proposals
The ‘Real Time’ host joked that Hispanic New York Congressman George Santos, pictured here, would be first in line for generous slavery reparations.
San Francisco is among several Democratic-run cities considering paying reparations to black residents for America’s history of slavery.
To qualify, a person must have ‘identified as Black/African American’ on public documents for at least 10 years and be 18 years of age or older.
Many of those who would be in line for payment argue that they are owed not only because their ancestors were enslaved, but also because of later issues with racism and the high levels of African-Americans being incarcerated compared to Americans. whites.
However, the plans have been sharply criticized by many, including former BLM activist Xaviaer DuRousseau, who told the San Francisco committee that the plan is “never going to happen.”
“It’s so unrealistic to think that the average family in San Francisco will be able to pay an extra $600,000 a piece,” he added.
Following the controversial reparations debate, Maher also lashed out at the recent scandal at Stanford University, where law students awoke berated Trump-appointed federal judge Kyle Duncan after he was invited to speak on campus.
The controversy was started by the dean of inclusion of the prestigious university, Tirien Steinback, who scolded the judge for his past decisions on same-sex marriage and reproductive rights.
Bill Maher also took aim at Stanford dean of inclusion Tirien Steinbach (left) after she scolded Trump-appointed judge Kyle Duncan (right) at a college event.
Maher played a clip in which Steinbach confronted the judge and asked, “Is this worth the pain?”
‘Is it worth the pain? Is free speech “worth it”? And is it really painful? Is it really painful? If you don’t like this guy, don’t go to his lecture!’ Maher replied.
Congresswoman Slotkin, who was remarkably quiet during the reparations discussion, argued that Duncan was “a bit of a fragile flower.”
I mean, go ahead, man. Just keep going,’ he added.
But Maher pressed again, saying it would have been “impossible” for the judge to make a point in the midst of the onslaught.
‘Don’t you have a problem if the university official is up there and defends the hecklers and not the speaker?’ he continued.
‘Because that’s what she did. She defended the hecklers, not the speaker.