Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's All In on MSNBC to discuss the controversy over Donald Sterling's racist comments, HBO comedian Bill Maher managed to make a crack about Rush Limbaugh.
He answered a question from host Chris Hayes about whether there would be an increase in the number of people defending Sterling in the aftermath of his punishment. Maher said Limbaugh will "find a way to say something worse" than Sterling. [See video below.]
There is a deeply, deeply creepy subtext, I agree, that is, there are so many layers of awfulness that are being captured in that interaction, it is hard to tease them apart, but I'm not sure I agree with you that we're, well, there is unanimity in condemnation of him, I think, yes, although you are still seeing a few people here and there, yes, take his side and sort of focus on the fact that he was taped and maybe he was set up, etc.
I'm curious whether you think you're going to see more of that as people kind of rush to fill the vacuum of defending Sterling?
Maher began his response:
I don't know who these people are. Maybe you read right-wing blogs. I don't. I mean, of course, Rush Limbaugh will always take whatever racial thing happens in America and, within a nanosecond, find a way to say something worse. That's a given.