Bill Maher: Hamas Is Like A ‘Crazy Woman’ That ‘You Have To Slap’

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Liberal comedian Bill Maher crashed into the loaded debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Thursday night with a sexist tweet comparing Hamas to a “crazy woman” that “you have to slap.”

The host of HBO’s “Real Time” tweeted the comparison as Israel was launching a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip following a 10-day campaign of over 2,000 air strikes in an attempt to halt Hamas rocket fire.

Maher’s tweet naturally sparked a swift backlash, both from people who accused him of defending Israel’s actions and from those who thought his tweet endorsed domestic violence.