Al Franken explains to Bill Maher that Trump’s problems won’t stop now that he fired Steve Bannon. The problem is, and always has been, Trump.
Democratic Senator Al Franken does not mince words when it comes to his disdain for Trump and his regressive administration, and last night’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher was no exception.
Franken appeared on the show to promote his new memoir, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” but the conversation focused on what many are calling Trump’s worst week in office.
Addressing the recent firing of chief strategist Steve Bannon, Franken stated that his ouster would do little to quell the chaos that has characterized the Trump White House since day one.
“A lot of people are saying that Bannon’s going, and is that going to make a difference. The problem with this administration is Trump, and it’s going to continue,” Franken explained, adding: “We’ve heard this. ‘When [new White House chief of staff] Kelly comes in, everything will be fine,’ and then boom, Trump threatens nuclear war…I don’t think Trump changes.”
“This week was unbelievably horrible,” Franken said, adding “It was a tragic week and Bannon on his way out, saying,’well, Democrats talk about Black Lives Matter.’ It’s just sickening, a sickening week, three people lost their lives. But I don’t think he [Trump] changes.”
Noting Trump’s horrible week to include his horrifying defense of the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Maher asked: “Is this a turning point or will this just be sewn into his horror quilt and in a month we will have forgotten it like we moved past p*ssy-grabbing and everything else?”
Franken responded that the problem was Trump himself:
There have been a number of Republican senators who have been saying from the beginning that they have a lot of doubts about [Trump] but who won’t go public with that because he still has 80-something percent of his base behind him—and that’s their base. So politically, they’re unwilling to go public, and there are some people who have said ‘there’s nothing good about neo-Nazis, etc.’ but wouldn’t blame Trump.
Franken removed any doubt about his feeling for Trump later in the interview when he declared that Trump is “a terrible person.”