Echoing a common criticism, the “Real Time” host ripped the president-elect’s picks during a wide-ranging (and sometimes profane) interview with the media company Attn:. In the video, posted Monday, he also shared his thoughts on Russia’s reported interference with the election and the future of the Democratic Party.
“For education, someone who doesn’t believe in public education,” Maher told Matthew Segal, Attn:’s editor-in-chief ― a reference to Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for secretary of education.
Maher noted that people might have expected Trump to consider retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for the role of surgeon general, due to his medical experience.
“No, housing!” Maher laughed. “Because, why, he lives in a house?”
Regarding Trump’s looming presidency, Maher said he feels the U.S. is swimming in “uncharted waters.”
“Other presidents are not like this cat,” he said. “George Bush hated me and I didn’t like him, but no matter how bad they were, all the Republicans ― it was like a glass-bottomed boat. ‘I’m looking at those sharks, but they can’t really get me.’ And now I feel like the shark can get me. Or anybody.”
Maher went on to wonder why the FBI wasn’t “checking [Russian President Vladimir] Putin instead of working to elect Donald Trump.” He also named California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom as his personal pick for the Democrats to run against Trump in 2020.
Check out the full interview above (contains NSFW language).