As President Joe Biden’s administration continues to urge cautionary measures like wearing a mask in indoor public settings, even for those who have been fully vaccinated, liberal commentator Bill Maher thinks enough is enough.
In fact, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” said on his show Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic is, for all intents and purposes, “over.”
“I’m not sure what the latest Dr. Fauci thing was on Halloween, he changes his mind a lot, but I think it was, ‘Go and do it?’ And I hope so, because it certainly has been my position since the beginning of this,” he said.
“Just resume living,” Maher added. “I know some people seem to not want to give up on the wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It’s over.” (Warning: The following clip contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.)
"I know some people seem to not want to give up on the wonderful pandemic, but you know what? It's over…You shouldn't have to wear masks…vaxx, mask, pick one! You can't make me mask if I've had the vaxx… the red states are a joy and the blue states are a pain in the ass." pic.twitter.com/NIHnJgkDoy
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) October 30, 2021
“There’s always going to be a variant. You shouldn’t have to wear masks. I should be able … I haven’t had a meeting with my staff since March of 2020. Why?” he asked.
Maher also took issue with the fact that public health experts are pushing for Americans to both get vaccinated and mask up.
“Also, vaccine, mask, pick one! You’ve got to pick. You can’t make me mask if I’ve had the vaccine,” he said.
Maher directed tough questions at one of his guests, Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, a close ally of President Joe Biden.
“I travel in every state now, back on the road, and the red states are a joy and the blue states are a pain in the a–. For no reason,” he said, according to Fox News.
Coons replied that the Biden administration is trying to emphasize the importance of being vaccinated.
“One of the critical things that’s being discussed right now by President Biden, one of the things we have to recommit ourselves to, is supporting vaccination around the rest of the world,” the senator said. “There’s still a lot of countries that are very, very minimally vaccinated because if a variant develops out in the world that is able to defeat the vaccine, we are all the way back to the beginning.
“So in the United States, in most of the western world, we’re ready to be done with this, but we’re not done until the world is safe and we’re not safe as a world until the world’s vaccinated.”
Maher then pointed out that some people have “natural immunity” from the virus and may not need to be vaccinated.
“Except the world recognizes natural immunity. We don’t,” Maher said, “because everything in this country has to go through the pharmaceutical companies. Natural immunity is the best kind of immunity. We shouldn’t fire people who have natural immunity because they don’t get the vaccine. We should hire them. Yes?”
Later in the segment, Maher pointed out that many Americans seem to treat their mask as a magic charm “that wards away evil spirits.”
He recalled seeing people outside “alone walking with a mask,” which he said is “so stupid.”
“It’s an amulet, you know? A charm people wear around the neck that wards away evil spirits. It means nothing,” Maher said. “I mean, can’t we get people to understand the facts more?”
The host concluded that it’s time for America to get back to normal.
“We have to get back to life,” he said. “I mean, you might look at the sporting events that are … all three sports are playing now including basketball, which is inside. Nobody seems to be having super-spreader events. I mean, you know, it was great. It was so much fun having a pandemic but, you know, buh-bye.”