It’s been only a few days since Mike Johnson became the new Speaker of the House, but that hasn’t stopped liberals from going after him.
On Friday, “Real Time” host Bill Maher compared the newly-elected House Speaker to the Maine mass shooter responsible for murdering 18 people and injuring 13 others.
From Fox News:
During Friday night’s show, Maher repeatedly railed against Johnson’s devout Christian faith as a red flag but went even further by suggesting the Republican leader is mentally ill.
“When you’re this much of a religious fanatic, there is no room for real democracy. That’s not what you believe in. He said it today. ‘Look in the Bible. That’s my world view,'” Maher said during the panel discussion. “And I was reading about this horrible shooting in Maine. And, you know, we don’t know much about the guy yet, but apparently he heard voices and I thought ‘Is he that different than Mike Johnson?’”
“I mean, degree? Yes. But it’s thinner than you’d think?” Maher added.
The Maine shooter was found dead Friday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, concluding a massive manhunt after the bloodshed he committed at a restaurant and a bowling alley in the small town of Lewiston Wednesday night.
The shooter had a history of mental illness and allegedly heard voices urging him to shoot up the National Guard Base in Saco, ME. He was also committed for two weeks at a mental health facility during the summer.
Scott Galloway, a professor at NYU and a guest of Maher’s, called Johnson a fascist on Maher’s show.
Scott Galloway, formerly of CNN+, says Mike Johnson is "David Duke-lite." Bill Maher doesn't go that far but does seem to think "fascist" is appropriate "it's always the far-right church folks meet with the corporate power folks, that's Mussolini, that's all these fascist states" pic.twitter.com/Vc5o2G5JG8
— Alex Christy (@alexchristy17) October 28, 2023
During his first interview as Speaker, Johnson was confronted by Fox News’s Sean Hannity about his past comments that have been reported in recent days condemning homosexuality and gay marriage.
New Speaker Johnson tells Hannity: ‘Go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it, that’s my worldview’
Newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded to a CNN hit piece alleging that he's hostile to the LGBTQ lifestyle, referring people to… pic.twitter.com/QHZWpqoA4n
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 27, 2023
Johnson also pushed back against politicians calling for gun reform after another mass shooting, saying people with mental problems will always find something to use to commit crimes.
Speaker Mike Johnson to Hannity on guns: " they use vehicles to mow down crowds at parades … it's not the weapon."
— 1776 (@TheWakeninq) October 27, 2023
He used Europe as an example of that, saying people over there mow down others with cars.