Schumer: Limbaugh, Maher A False Comparison

Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), a top Democratic strategist, on Sunday pushed back against GOP claims that comedian Bill Maher should return the $1 million he gave to a pro-Obama Super PAC.

Schumer said the Republican notion that Maher is akin to Rush Limbaugh is a false equivalence, in part because Limbaugh has a firm grip on the GOP while Maher has “very little influence” on Dems.

“I mean, look, the bottom line is that Rush Limbaugh’s comments were just nasty and directed at a particular young woman who had a particular point of view and was expressing herself. Bill Maher is a comedian,” Schumer said on ABC’s This Week. “It’s much different. Rush Limbaugh has tremendous weight in the Republican Party. No one will rebut him. Bill Maher’s a comedian who’s on at 11 o’clock at night but has very little influence on what’s happening here.”

“So, you know, again, they’re sort of — they’re sort of in a hole, and they’re always trying to look for excuses.”


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