HBO political talk Real Time host Bill Maher’s recent tweet, one that questioned if Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was planning to “boycott” her own party after she called for a boycott of his show, has gone viral.
The back-and-forth started when Tlaib proposed that Maher’s show should be terminated after hearing his referral to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement that she endorses as a “[expletive] purity test” during Maher’s show on Friday.
Maher expressed vehement disapproval towards the BDS movement Friday, saying that it is “very shallow thinking that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied.”
In response to Maher’s show, Tlaib suggested, “Maybe folks should boycott his show.” She then added, “I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now.”
Maher quickly responded, which seemed to end the conversation:
“Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away,” tweeted Maher. “But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party?”
Maher even asserted that Democrats are “coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in ‘America sucks.’”