Comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher tore into President Trump and the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on his show Friday.
“It was a virtual Woodstock of the mentally impaired,” Maher said, naming speakers Glenn Beck, Devin Nunes, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and President Trump.
Maher said that people shouldn’t be surprised that Trump thinks “he’s God’s gift to America” because he is constantly receiving that message.
“Stop acting so surprised that Trump thinks he’s God’s gift to America because that’s exactly what Evangelicals keep telling him he is,” Maher said.
Maher then played a clip of the speech at CPAC by businessman Mike Lindell, the inventor of MyPillow and an avid Trump supporter.
“I see the greatest president in history. Of course he is, he was chosen by God,” Lindell said in the clip.
To illustrate his point, Maher highlighted a segment of a speech of Mike Lindell, the inventor of MyPillow, delivered at CPAC.
In the speech, Lindell said “of course” Trump was the “greatest president in history” because he was “chosen by God.”
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Lindell’s beliefs earlier this year.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” Sanders said in January.
Maher also called attention to the comparison that’s been made between Trump and King Cyrus. Cyrus ruled over Persia and is credited in the Bible with freeing the Jewish people living in Babylonia from captivity so they could build a temple in Jerusalem.
During a 2018 meeting in the Oval Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summarized the story of King Cyrus and pointed to several people throughout history who took similar action, including Lord Arthur Balfour and former President Harry Truman.
“And we remember how, a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Netanyahu said, according to the Times of Israel. “Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. Others talked about it, you did it.”
“They want to support a Republican president, but this particular one happens to be the least Christian one ever,” Maher said. “A man who loves flesh peddling, coveting, cursing, cheating, bullying, bragging, sloth, adultery and ripping off charities.”
Maher described Trump as a man who “lies more than most of us pee” and could “go into a confessional booth and never come out.”
While Cyrus was a vessel for God’s will, Maher criticized the comparison with Trump, who he said is the “antithesis of what Christians are supposed to believe in.” Maher added that for the analogy to be accurate, Trump would have to be a foreign leader, as Cyrus was, helping America, which is the Jewish people in the comparison.
Maher concluded that the comparison between Trump and Cyrus was proof that, “The Bible will always be used as a justifier for whatever you want.”