(RepublicanDaily.org) – Controversial comedian and late-night talk show host Bill Maher, known for his acerbic wit that has been directed at both conservatives and liberals, recently set his sights on the newly-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson.
Maher, an avowed, ardent, and outspoken atheist, likened the Louisiana representative to Maine mass shooting suspect Robert Card.
Having heard Johnson’s comment that said that the Bible was his “worldview,” Maher said that putting a “religious fanatic” like Johnson in a position of authority leaves “no room for real democracy.” And after referencing the mass shooting in Maine, Maher said, “‘Is he (Card) that different than Mike Johnson?’”
Maher said that there might be a difference “in degree” between Johnson and Card, but the difference is “thinner than you’d think,” the comedian said.
Card was said to have “heard voices” in his head and reportedly suffered from mental illness. He killed 18 people at a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine and let police on a manhunt before being found dead at a recycling facility from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Maher also jokingly called Johnson a homosexual, saying that the Speaker wants to criminalize intimate relations among gays “because it makes it hotter.”
The comedian has not been the only one to call out the new speaker over the latter’s religious beliefs. Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary and now anchor on MSNBC, said that Johnson was a dangerous “religious fundamentalist” due to the speaker’s penchant of frequently referencing his Christian beliefs in statements to the media.
Johnson has only been Speaker of the House for a few days, after House Republicans finally set aside weeks of bickering amongst themselves over the speakership. After weeks of deliberation – along with death threats against a number of Republican congressmen – as well as several nominees who dropped out after failing to garner the required amount of votes, the GOP eventually settled on the Louisiana representative to take up the gavel. The post of Speaker of the House has been vacant for several weeks following Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz’ petition to kick out the former speaker, Republican California Representative Kevin McCarthy, from the position.
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