Talk show host Bill Maher is not surprised former President Donald Trump is leading President Joe Biden in several recent 2024 presidential polls, suggesting that the commander-in-chief’s visit to San Francisco this week reveals why.
Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week in the city known as a hotbed for homelessness. Prior to Xi’s arrival, officials cleaned up the area by gating the open sidewalks to keep people from camping on the street, and the public transit system’s station was given a power washing. Maher recapped the story on his Friday episode of Real Time with Bill Maher to introduce his thesis that Trump will beat Biden in the 2024 election.
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“I want to try a theory out on you why Trump is killing it — not just within the party, but he’s beating Biden heavily too,” Maher said during a panel discussion. “OK, so they cleaned it up, they rinse off the street, the homeless, you know, God forbid the guy who sends us the fentanyl sees somebody on fentanyl,” he joked.
Maher admitted San Francisco had long been the butt of many of his jokes as a comedian. He also called it “a city that needs to be put under control.”
“This, to me, is why Trump is winning, because he talks about, ‘I’m going to open up the mental hospitals.’ Again, I’m not saying these are necessarily a good solution,” Maher said. “When he talks, ‘I’m gonna put people in camps, the immigrants,’ all this kind of stuff, and people just see a place — a country, especially in the cities that look out of control. And the fact that the Democrats could control it for three days, how about making it permanent?”
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The comedian has long been a critic of both Biden and Trump. His show is known for featuring both very liberal and conservative talking heads.
Biden and Trump are considered the two front-runners in the 2024 presidential race. Biden faces the long-shot candidacy of Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) for the Democratic Party nomination, and Trump’s greatest GOP threats are that of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.