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Bill Maher Critiques Stormy Daniels' Testimony, Notes Contradictions with Prior Statements

 May 13, 2024

In a recent episode of his HBO show, comedian Bill Maher unleashed a critique of Stormy Daniels' courtroom testimony against former President Donald Trump, highlighting several inconsistencies with her previous statements.

Maher questioned the consistency of Daniels' recollections in the case against Trump, unfavorably comparing it to statements she made in a past interview on his program, as Breitbart reports.

Maher's Previous Take on Trial's Impact

Two weeks prior to his critique, Maher speculated on his show about the trial’s potential to significantly sway public opinion in the upcoming election.

He suggested that the trial’s outcome could dramatically alter the perception of Trump among voters. His remarks came during a panel discussion, setting the stage for his later criticisms.

This initial perspective was marked by a sense of the trial’s significance, not just legally, but politically.

Maher hinted at the repercussions it might have on Trump's image, suggesting it could cast him in a losing light.

Shift To Criticism Over Inconsistency

Last Friday's show took a different tone as Maher turned his attention to Daniels’ testimony. He compared her recent court statements to those made during an earlier interview on his show, where she discussed her affair with Trump.

In the earlier interview, Daniels explicitly stated that her relationship with Trump was consensual and distanced herself from being labeled a victim in the context of the #MeToo movement. She criticized the push to categorize her experience within that framework, vehemently denying any form of assault or coercion.

Contrasting Statements Highlighted

However, Daniels’ latest court statements seemed to contradict her past assertions. Maher highlighted excerpts from her testimony, where she used terms that suggested coercion and a significant power imbalance, starkly contrasting her prior declarations.

“She’s a bad witness!” Maher exclaimed during the show, pointing out the discrepancies in her accounts. He underscored the shift in her narrative, focusing on her use of terms typically associated with the #MeToo movement.

Maher's Critique During the Panel Discussion

Maher further dissected Daniels' words, reflecting on her description of feeling overpowered and physically shaken, which he found inconsistent with her earlier strong denials of victimhood. His criticism was sharp, particularly noting her claim of having "blacked out" during the encounter.

“It’s all the #MeToo buzzwords. She said, ‘There was an imbalance of power for sure.’ ‘My hands were shaking so hard.’ She said she blacked out. Blacked out? She’s a porn star! … Do you really think she blacked out? A porn star is used to having sex with people she doesn’t [like] … I just think she’s not a good witness,” Maher commented, challenging the credibility of Daniels' testimony.

Implications For the Prosecutor's Career

Maher did not stop at criticizing Daniels; he also speculated on the broader implications of the trial’s outcome.

He suggested that Alvin Bragg, the prosecutor in the case, could see his career significantly boosted within the Democratic Party if the trial concludes favorably for his side.

“And Alvin Bragg is going to be the rising star of the Democratic Party because everyone said, ‘Not a good idea,’ including me. So, we’ll see,” Maher reflected, indicating a potential political shift depending on the trial's results.

Conclusion: Reevaluating Trial's Influence

In conclusion, Bill Maher's transition from viewing the trial as potentially pivotal for the election to critiquing the inconsistencies in Stormy Daniels' testimony reflects a nuanced approach to the unfolding political drama.

His commentary underscores the complex interplay of legal and political narratives that continue to captivate and divide public opinion.