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Bill Maher Defends Trump Voters in Contentious Katie Couric Sit-Down

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Bill Maher defends Trump voters

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On the latest episode of his Club Random podcast, host Bill Maher told his guest, Katie Couric, that Donald Trump “killed it” during his CNN town hall last year. “He’s not a stand-up comedian!” Couric retorted after Maher discussed how “the audience loved it” and heavily applauded the former president.

Killing it

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“What?” Maher said. “‘He’s killing it.’ He’s not a stand-up comedian,” Couric repeated.

Popularity

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“Popularity. Doesn’t matter. People loved him and what he was saying,” Maher said. “And then you cut to a panel of six know-it-alls in Washington who do nothing but talk about the negative. I’m all-in on the negative. No one’s been harder on Trump than me. But I get it, and I’m bored with it. And there’s a different way to do this, I think.”

Trump voters

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“So, what is it?” Couric asked, to which Maher said he thinks media pundits and commentators should try to better understand Trump voters.

Defend the people

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“Not to defend Trump, but to defend the people who still vote for him,” Maher said. “Because what they see on the other side, to them, is even more dangerous. Because it’s closer to home: ‘My kid is coming home from school and he thinks he’s a racist? He’s five, what have you been telling him? My son thinks maybe he’s not a boy.’ And maybe that’s true, that happens. Those kind of things are what they say. ‘That’s why I’m voting for Trump.’”

Backlash

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“A backlash to the pendulum swinging so far to the left,” Couric said, tactfully ignoring Maher’s sideswipes against gender-affirming care for trans youth and educational programming on race in the U.S.

Madness

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For “lots of people,” Maher theorized, it’s not as though they actually like Trump. “But he’s all that stands between us and madness.”

2024 election

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In the lead-up to the 2024 election, polling averages between Joe Biden and Donald Trump have been a subject of interest. Here’s a summary of the polling data and what it reveals about the public’s sentiments towards these two political figures.

Polling

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According to polling averages, Joe Biden’s approval rating stands at 37%1. Polling by Ipsos/Reuters and Redfield & Wilton Strategies also indicates Biden leading with 41% and 42% respectively.

Trump’s approval

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In contrast, Donald Trump’s approval ratings range from 36% to 46%, with the highest being 46% in a poll by The New York Times/Siena College.

Favorability

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The favorability polling average for Joe Biden shows mixed results, with ratings ranging from 40% to 47%. Similarly, Donald Trump’s favorability polls also vary, with his ratings ranging from 37% to 44%.

Head-to-head

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In head-to-head matchups, Biden leads Trump by varying margins across different polls, ranging from +1 to +6.

More harm than good

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A recent AP-NORC poll indicates that Americans generally believe both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump did more harm than good on a range of key issues while in office. This sentiment may influence the way voters perceive the two candidates in the upcoming election.

Continue to fluctuate

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As the 2024 election approaches, the polling averages and public sentiment towards Joe Biden and Donald Trump continue to fluctuate. These numbers reflect the ongoing dynamics and the potential impact on the upcoming election.

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