On his show "Real Time," comedian and HBO host Bill Maher said "liberals made a big mistake" by attacking and "crying wolf" on former President George W. Bush and other Republican nominees, who were all "honorable men."
"I know liberals made a big mistake because we attacked your boy (President George W.) Bush like he was the end of the world. He wasn't," Maher told David Frum, a former speechwriter for Bush and panelist for his show.
"And (former Massachusetts Governor) Mitt Romney, we attacked that way. I gave Obama a million dollars, I was so afraid of Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney wouldn't have changed my life that much, or yours. Or (former Republican presidential nominee Senator) John McCain," Maher added.
The comedian continued, "They were honorable men who we disagreed with. And we should have kept it that way. So we cried wolf. And that was wrong."
Maher then said not voting for Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton "will not make your life better, and also, once fascists get power, they don't give it up."
He also said, "You've got President Trump for life… But this is real. This is going to be way different."
Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg, tweeted, "This is a remarkable mea culpa from Bill Maher on how he treated Republican nominees before Trump."
In his editorial New Rule, Maher said voters should thank Trump for exposing evangelicals as "the shameless hypocrites they've always been."
"I don't know if you noticed but Republicans didn't get to play the 'Jesus card' this time around," said Maher. "It's hard to bring up the Ten Commandments when your candidate has spent most his life breaking all of them… Trump's Commandments are like the regular Commandments with 'LOL' at the end."
He added, "So with four days left in this longest election ever, I'm gonna stop for a minute and appreciate this one silver lining: That, for once, religion wasn't dragged into the debate. After so many elections where the candidates tried to out-Jesus each other, this one had no talk from either candidate about how they start their morning with Scripture. The Republican wasn't reaching out to his 'prayer warriors.' The debate moderators weren't asking, 'How does faith inform your decisions?' And, best of all, we were spared the sight of having to watch Hillary Clinton try and clap on the beat with a black church choir."
Maher then said he still thinks "we are owed an explanation from the 'values voters' as to how they could line up behind Trump, a man who loves to say, 'Nobody loves the Bible more than I do!' … but when asked, couldn't name a single passage."