Economy

Left Longs for Politically Induced Recession

Bill Maher is increasingly determined to "get rid of Trump" via "a crashing economy."

Jordan Candler · Aug. 13, 2019

In June of last year, HBO’s Bill Maher asserted, “I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession, or you lose your democracy.” A few weeks ago, Maher again acknowledged, “I’ve been hoping for a recession. People hate me for it, but it would get rid of Trump, so you shouldn’t hate me for it. … It’s worth it.” On Friday, he admitted anew, “I’ve been rooting for a recession. … You should wish for a recession. ‘Cause that will definitely get [Trump] unelected. … We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term.”

So on at least three occasions now, Maher has clamored for more unemployment, more bankruptcies, lower wages, and deteriorating stock-market portfolios due to his animosity toward Trump. And if workers’ livelihoods must languish to purge Trump from office, then that’s a noble sacrifice in his warped mind. Of course, it’s easy for elitists like Maher to feel that way because they wouldn’t be significantly affected by a recession. Maher makes millions of dollars every year by giving his devoted audience ridiculous lectures on TV. But those of us he sees as deplorables are necessary collateral damage in a recession that will, the Left hopes, result in Trump being a one-term president.

The Media Research Center’s Brent Baker rightly responded, “Maher couldn’t have provided the people in ‘flyover country’ with a better example of the disdain for them from a coastal elite. Maher puts his personal hatred of President Trump ahead of the welfare of the American people. No wonder middle America has so embraced Trump as a fighter for them against the elites.”

No kidding. Sadly, even the Leftmedia supports Maher’s sentiments. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel … sided with … Maher after he expressed desire for an economic recession to help defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.” Engel went so far as to say, “Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution.” Engel is what some would consider a “journalist.”

Late last year, our own Mark Alexander ominously wondered, “Will Democrats Get the Impeachment Recession They Want?” Alexander noted:

Caught in the Democrats’ political crossfire are tens of millions of American workers and their families whose jobs and income prospects will fall victim to the Demos’ politically induced recession — the direct result of having thrown economic confidence under the bus in order to attack Trump. May I remind you, there is precedent for Democrats seeding economic recession under sitting Republican presidents ahead of presidential elections. Recall how, in 2006, they set up the 2008 mortgage financial crisis (almost collapsing the entire banking system) just in time for Barack Obama to ride that wave of fear into office.

And make no mistake, the Leftmedia is doing its darnedest to make it happen, much to the joy of Bill Maher. According to Reuters, “‘Reasonably good’ is not what Trump promised to deliver during his 2016 campaign, and at this point he heads into a reelection year short of the key economic goals he set and worried a recession could undermine his bid for a second term.” In a piece titled “Is the economy turning against Trump?” Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson surmises, “There is growing evidence of a possible recession. If one materializes, President Trump could lose his most powerful argument for reelection: a strong economy.” And just for good measure, The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake delved into “How a recession could doom Trump’s 2020 reelection.”

Memo to voters: If Democrats truly cared about your welfare, they wouldn’t be hankering for your livelihoods to crater for the sake of their political agenda.

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