1:07pm PT by THR Staff
Bill Maher Compares Casey Anthony Verdict to Republican Thinking (Video)
Joining a chorus of media personalities in criticizing the Casey Anthony verdict, Bill Maher drew parallels between the jury's not-guilty decision and the Republican voters on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher.
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"Before you accuse me of equating the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking, save your breath -- I am. I'm equating them," he said. "If you're a working-class American who still votes Republican, then you don't get to bitch about that verdict."
Maher went on to detail the Republican beliefs regarding job creation and budget cuts as they relate to Anthony's case.
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"Half of [American voters] say 'I'm with the party that cuts all these programs for real people, for the 99 percent. Planned Parenthood, environmental protection, college, health care, infrastructure, but holds the line on private jets.' Voting for them is as stupid as voting not guilty for the mom who lost her baby for a month and went looking at a wet t-shirt contest," he zinged.
Continuing, "The facts about what the republicans have done to the middle class are beyond reasonable doubt. And yet their base refuses to see it. The money elite in America are dragging a bag filled with your future down the steps and your reaction is, 'Hold on there, that looks heavy. Let me give you a hand getting it into your trunk.'"
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Bringing his point home, Maher concluded with this:
"We're now being told that multinational corporations bring home their current overseas profits of $1.4 trillion, they'll only be taxed five percent on it because we're told it will create jobs. It won't. It didn't, just like the last time we tried it in 2004. Companies took the savings and paid it out to themselves in dividends. Yes, Republican base, you are just like that jury. It's pathetically clear who's killing the middle class but you keep letting them get away with murder."
The jury in Anthony's case shocked the world by acquitting her of the murder of 2-year old Caylee Anthony. She was found guilty of lying to law enforcement and sentenced to four years behind bars, in addition to a $4,000 fine. Anthony will be released on July 17, as the majority of her time has already been served.
Watch the complete video clip below.