Appearing as a guest in a pre-recorded interview for the Sunday, August 13, Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, far-left HBO comedian Bill Maher declared that he hopes there is a "crash" in the stock market so that it will hurt President Donald Trump's political support. A bit later, he also repeated a discredited myth parroted over and over again by the Left that Ronald Reagan began his 1980 presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, as a "dog whistle" to appeal to racism.
At one point in the interview, Zakaria wondered what has "surprised" the HBO host so far about the Trump presidency. Maher expressed his surprise that the stock market has not crashed already, and then added that he is "hoping" that it does:
I thought he would crash the stock market, and I still think he will. I'm hoping actually because that's one thing that would maybe lose him a lot of support in the Republican party. But I thought and predicted -- and I was wrong -- that the stock market hates volatility and uncertainty. And who is more volatile than Donald Trump? But I guess I underestimated their greed because they still want their tax cut.
A bit later, after Zakaria asked why his guest believes Trump voters support him so loyally, Maher accused Presidents Reagan and Richard Nixon of employing racism:
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It's almost a protest vote, you know. I'm not surprised because there are -- now, there is a certain percentage of people who are, I think, racist, and that's part of his appeal. And, you know, his dog whistle was louder than any dog whistle we've heard -- and the Republicans have been playing that game since Nixon and the Southern Strategy, and Reagan opening his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi. That's been going on a long time, but he just did it in a much more blatant way, so he can't deny that that's part of it.