Comedian Bill Maher used his show on Friday night to urge America that, regardless of who wins on Tuesday, they should ‘skip the civil war and go right to reconciliation.’
The New York-born comic joked that America was a family, and as such should learn to live with tension.
‘Thirty-four percent of the voters believe there will be another Civil War within the next five years and I’d like to remind them of one thing: America is a family and the definition of family is people who hate each other without resorting to violence,’ he said.
‘We have to see each other not as mortal enemies but rather merely as roommates from hell.
‘If we want to simply exist, we’re going to have to find a way to work together.’
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Bill Maher on Friday night urged America to come together after the election
Maher titled his segment on Friday night’s show: ‘Truce or Consequences’
Maher said there were no such things as blue or red states – only purple states
Maher, a gun owner and supporter of the death penalty, supports Obamacare but is a fierce critic of Islamic culture.
He has been an outspoken critic of the president, however, and said on Friday night: ‘Let’s not have a civil war with the Trumpers. We’re no good at war and they’re no good at being civil.’
Maher, 64, said that the country needed to work to end their divisions.
He said that ‘neither side’ was going anywhere, mocking ‘rich celebrities’ who always threaten to leave the country but ‘never do’.
He said that those who want to divide the U.S. into red and blue states should ‘shut the f*** up.’
‘Take it from someone who has traveled this country my whole life: There are no red states or blue states. They’re all like Mitch McConnell’s hands – some shade of purple,’ Maher joked.
‘We can’t have a second Civil War because the two sides aren’t neatly separated anymore! The Mason-Dixon line of today would cut through states, cities, streets, even bedrooms.’
Maher then showed an image of Kellyanne Conway, the former White House counselor, and her husband George, one of the founders of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.
He suggested: ‘Here’s a grand bargain that can work for everybody. If liberals lose, we won’t loot Foot Locker. And if you lose, you don’t loot the Treasury.’
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The comic mocked the Democrats for having a problem with how to condemn the looting that has taken place this summer, and in Philadelphia this week following the police shooting of Walter Wallace.
‘Have we lost our minds?!? Stealing? BAD!’ Maher shouted. ‘No looting the mall and also no Gucci-loafered Republican looters ransacking our government because I know what you’re thinking, Don.
‘You lose the election and ‘Everything must go! We lost our lease, going out of business!’
‘Oh yes, you’ll be selling pardons on Craig’s List. Jared will turn the Smithsonian into condos.
‘You’re going to try to strip this government like it’s an abandoned Range Rover in a bad neighborhood.’
Maher’s tone was lighthearted, but his concern was real, given the divisions in the United States and the passionate feelings on both sides.
Maher concluded his six minute monologue as he began, with an appeal for unity.
‘Stop stealing! Is this really such a hard thing to agree on? Can we agree on something? Anything! Because it’s getting a little chippy out there.
‘So please, whatever happens Tuesday, let’s find a way to live together.
‘We have to – because no other country will take us.’