“I don’t assume you’ll be able to decide that from Barbie not getting nominated,” mentioned Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tonight to Invoice Maher when requested by the host if the snub of the blockbuster’s director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie within the Oscars nominations means America is a patriarchy or not.
When Maher tried to hyperlink the Barbie dialogue to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 marketing campaign, Schiff put issues in actual perspective on Actual Time. “I might vote for a corned beef sandwich over Donald Trump,” he quipped to applause don’t say that evenly, however no less than a corned beef sandwich would have some intelligence and wouldn’t be a dictator on Day one.”
Simply days after a full debate between the main candidates for California’s open Senate seat, Rep. Schiff discovered himself within the barely heat seat once more tonight on HBO‘s Actual Time with Invoice Maher. Blockbuster Barbie snared a variety of well-deserved Oscar nominations earlier this week, together with Finest Image. Nonetheless, Gerwig and Robbie have been unnoticed of the Directing and Finest Actress classes – which has seen a tsunami of concern within the days since
A close to common on Actual Time present through the years and clearly admired by Maher, the inexperienced room pleasant Schiff is the entrance runner to fill the late Dianne Feinstein’s footwear within the job the ex-San Francisco mayor held from 1992 to her dying final yr. Appointed by Golden State Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2023 after Feinstein’s passing, present Sen. Laphonza Butler introduced in October that she wouldn’t search election for a time period of her personal.
The Congressman from Hollywood since 2001 and one of many deepest thorns in Trump’s paw throughout the former Movie star Apprentice’s reign of terror and error, the very well-funded Schiff has been main the Senate race since he via his hat in again in January 2023. Whereas something may occur in California politics, the true battle is for the quantity #2 spot with fellow Democrat Rep. Katie Porter and GOP contenders/former Dodger Steve Garvey battling it out heading to the March 5 main.
Schiff shared panel time on Actual Time tonight with massive Democrat donor and Ted kingpin Seth MacFarlane. And there was plenty of love there, because the duo made clear after the present:
Throughout tonight’s Actual Time, some non-Barbies snubs got here up earlier, as Maher put the 2024 Presidential election right down to eight or so swing states — none of them being California.
“I want the worst I felt was snubbed,” Schiff mentioned of the electoral realities and the potential for Trump returning to the White Home. “I’m terrified.”
“How is it attainable that this man who says he needs to be a dictator on Day one, who has been indicted on 91 felony counts, who has been impeached twice, who led an revolt – how is it attainable that he’s operating away with the nomination of considered one of America’s nice events?” the previous Impeachment Supervisor went on to say of the MAGA chief. “That to me is terrifying.”
“Even in case you have a look at what I think about his least transgression,” Schiff mentioned to Maher. “He’s sitting within the Oval Workplace behind the Resolute Desk signing hush cash fee checks to a porn star,” he added of Trump’s tried cover-up of his affair with Stormy Daniels. “How is ir unimaginable that man is a candidate for president?”
Not naming Daniels, Schiff took out a well-planned shiv on the notoriously shifty and dishonest Trump: “She was apparently the one contractor really obtained paid.”
Afterward CNN’s Actual Time after present Extra time, Schiff mentioned it was “true justice” that Trump was order by a New York defamation trial jury to pay $83.3 million to author E. Jean Carroll, who final yr gained one other case in opposition to Trump for a mid-Nineteen Nineties sexual assault. “The one factor he cares about is himself and cash, and going after the cash is the one solution to result in some actual justice.”
Trump already mentioned Friday night he’ll enchantment this newest verdict. Noticeably looser on Extra time versus Actual Time, Schiff then predicted Joe Biden will win in November as a result of “on the finish of the day, America goes to have a President who’s a good human being, who doesn’t sh*t on different individuals.”
Although conscious of his poise and phrases with voters watching, Schiff on Actual Time performed to his personal base and put the blade in deeper later when speaking about immigration and Trump’s empty or merciless guarantees of reform and hard measures. “That’s not a politician, that’s a grifter in Donald Trump.”
As one would count on, when it got here to his personal social gathering’s candidate for the White Home in 2024, Senator-to-be Schiff was stuffed with nothing however reward for incumbent Biden – particularly in the case of immigration of all points.
“I feel one of many issues the President is doing now, which we actually haven’t achieved within the final yr is lean into this problem, take possession of this problem and make the case for why what Democrats are providing,” loyal soldier Schiff mentioned of a subject that the GOP on the state and nationwide stage have been battering Democrats with for years. “Invoice, I feel what the social gathering has achieved, which is a mistake, is take the view that once we’re speaking about immigration that’s the problem that’s favorable to them. We wish to discuss concerning the points which can be favorable to us.”
“That’s a quite common political technique, nevertheless it’s not working,” Schiff informed Maher. “We’ve got to lean into this. The President at present is leaning into this, he’s calling out the Republicans for killing a possible bipartisan invoice.”
A possible immigration invoice that Senators on each side have been getting near consensus on till Trump demanded Republicans now asphyxiate to disclaim Biden a possible win, as each Maher and Schiff identified Friday.
Earlier than Schiff and MacFarlane have been on the present, Maher sat down with by no means not opinionated ESPN host Stephen A. Smith. The 2 bonded over their mutual mistrust of the federal government, the media and all the things else besides sport, with a swing at nepo infants.
Earlier to that sit-down, Maher delivered his commonplace topical monologue earlier than the studio viewers. Zipping over subjects akin to these Oscar nominations snubs of Barbie’s Gerwig and Robbie, and naturally Trump’s dominance of the GOP race together with his newest New Hampshire main victory, Maher got here out with considered one of his greatest zingers in a very long time.
“The race is over,” he said, noting the fact that the 2024 election shall be a repeat of the 2020 election between the now 77-year-old Trump and 81-year-old Joe Biden. “This dangerous information for the nation, superb information for individuals who construct ramps on debate levels,” Maher mentioned, to large applause from the gang.
The one second of the evening to counter that was MacFarlane’s good timing in response to a Schiff story about false information on social media that his sister (the Congressman doesn’t have a sister) had married progressive financier George Soros’ daughter. As Rep. Schiff informed the story of the assault on him for this, the Household Man creator whipped out his telephone to “delete some texts.”
All people misplaced it, in the easiest way.