‘This is madness’: Bill Maher slams San Francisco’s ‘crazy’ plan to pay each resident $5m in reparations and jokes that liar GOP Congressman George Santos will be first in line
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By WILL POTTER
Bill Maher has taken aim at San Francisco’s ‘crazy’ plan to give black residents $5 million in reparations, despite the state not having a history slavery.
The comedian, 67, joked that serial liar George Santos, a Hispanic Congressman, would be first in line for the lucrative deal.
Alongside the massive payout, the proposals could also wipe out personal debt, guarantee $97,000 incomes for 250 years and offer homes for just $1.
During a discussion with former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, Maher questioned whether the plan ‘goes too far’.
‘This is madness, is it not?’ he added, arguing that ‘woke craziness’ is fueling the outlandish proposal.
Opening the discussion by noting that giving each qualified resident a $5 million payout would be ‘quite a lot’, Maher repeatedly slammed the proposal as ‘crazy’.
‘And by the way, San Francisco doesn’t have a history of slavery or anything like that, you know,’ he added – alluding to a common criticism of California’s slavery reparations plan due to the fact that it was never a slave-owning state.
‘It would cost every citizen left $600,000 each. This is madness, is it not?’
Panelist Andrew Yang, who ran for the presidency in 2020 on a platform that included offering every American $1000 a month in universal basic income, joked that ‘even I didn’t go this far’.
He added that the plan could be little more than a ‘political statement’ and argued that it may only be proposed by politicians seeking the spotlight.
‘We have a lot of people at various stages of public office who are putting out bills and policies that are more for the messaging and stoking the fires on social media than actually trying to get something passed.’
Later in the show, Maher again touched on the subject while delivering his closing monologue, quipping: ‘The first to comment on this was George Santos, who said “As a black man…”‘