While a vast majority of late-night hosts aired somber post-election shows following Trump’s win, Maher opened Friday’s episode with a light-hearted monologue.
“Well, we tried,” he joked as he began his show. “Let’s start with the good news,” continued Maher as he listed the states that legalized recreational marijuana use. “This election gave us permission to smoke weed and a reason we need to.”
The Real Time host compared the election results to a regrettable one-night stand: “It’s like a night after hard drinking when you see who you’re waking up lying next to, and you’re like, ‘What have I done? Maybe if I pretend I’m asleep, they’ll get their things and leave.’ ”
Maher emphasized, “One other little detail about the election — Hillary won. … It just happened there were more Trump supporters in the places where it counted, like Moscow.”
He joked that, all week long, he’d witnessed white men crying tears of joy as if “they’ve won some hard-fought civil-rights battle.”
“Enjoy your victory, Trump voters!” he added. “Because when you’re dying because you don’t have health insurance to treat the infection you got from a back-alley abortion you had to get because of fetal lead poisoning, you can say to yourself, ‘At least I didn’t vote for someone with a private email server.’ “
Speaking with the show’s first guest, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Maher also noted that Trump’s previous claims that the election was “rigged” were most likely true. “It is rigged — in his favor!” he said, adding that he believed Russia and the FBI worked together to get Trump elected. “It sounds like a vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Maher then extended an unofficial invitation for the president-elect to visit the show, saying, “It took me eight years to get Obama on, maybe he’ll come on.”
To the numerous protesters rallying across the nation and pledging that Trump is #NotMyPresident, he added, “The time to rectify that was Tuesday. If you’re in America, you only get one president.”
Maher ended his show by likening the currently divided nation to living in “some version of roommate hell.”
“Eventually you begin to ignore each other’s existence,” he said. “That’s where we are as a nation right now. … But most of us Hillary supporters still have soft spot for this crazy, mixed-up country of ours.”
The host spoke to those attempting to move to Canada during Trump’s presidency, joking that they couldn’t treat this election like a line of long white tape that divides the room of two roommates who agree to disagree with one another: “Roommates can move out, patriots can’t. America needs you more than ever.”
Friday’s episode came one week after Maher finally landed a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama and discussed the possibility of Trump winning the election.
Holder, John Legend, comedian Trae Crowder, political commentator David Axelrod, political correspondent Ana Marie Cox and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman appeared as guests on Friday’s season finale.
Season 15 of Real Time kicks off January 2017.