After HBO's Bill Maher said the "bright side" to the coronavirus -- which has already killed 3,000 people -- is that it will "finally" change "people's views of Donald Trump," Rev. Franklin Graham said this comment was "sick" but not surprising given that Maher, a multi-millionaire, has also rooted for an economic recession to hurt the country and help drive Trump from office.
In a March 2 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "If you love this country, this will make you mad. Bill Maher says there’s a bright side to the coronavirus."
"The TV host who has a show on HBO said on Friday, 'I'm going to look on the bright side of this and say that I think the coronavirus is going to change people's views of Donald Trump, finally,'" reported Graham. "That’s sick."
"He has also said in the past that he hoped the bottom would fall out of the economy because he thought 'one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy,'" said the reverend. "I guess he doesn’t mind if millions and millions of people would be hurt."
"This just reveals the heart of those on the left and progressives who want so desperately for this president to fail," said Graham, "and it seems they want it at any cost to the American people or our country."
"They’ve tried everything" to destroy Trump "and are willing to do anything," he added.
Concluding, the reverend said, "I ask you to join me in continuing to pray for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, for our leaders, and that God would protect this nation from those who would bring it harm just to have their own way. This 2020, let’s have a campaign of prayer! The only hope for this nation is Almighty God."
In June 2019, Maher said "bring on the recession" to help destroy Trump's presidency and added, "Sorry if that hurts people but it's either root for a recession or you lose your democracy."
In August 2019, Maher again rooted for a recession, saying it "will definitely get him [Trump] unelected."
When guest Anthony Scaramucci suggested he really did not want a recession, Maher fired back, “I really do. We have survived many recessions. We can’t survive another Donald Trump term."
If America does suffer a recession at some point in the future, it seems probable that Bill Maher would weather the impact given he has an estimated net worth of $100 million.