WATCH: Bill Maher rips San Francisco reparations plan as ‘woke craziness’
WATCH: Bill Maher rips San Francisco reparations plan as ‘woke craziness’Heather Hunter
March 18, 03:20 PM March 18, 03:20 PM
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, blasted San Francisco’s plan for millions in reparations for black residents as “crazy” and “too far” on Friday night.
Maher asked his panel of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) about the city’s plan to give each black resident $5 million in reparations.
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“What about the reparations in San Francisco? Does that go too far? $5 million?” Maher asked Yang and Slotkin.
The Michigan congressman responded confused, “I don’t know much about…”
“Well, San Francisco — they are going forward with this plan to give reparations of $5 million — I said this earlier in the monologue — which is quite a lot, to individuals,” he explained to the panelists.
“Even I didn’t go this far,” Yang, who proposed a universal basic income in his 2020 presidential run, joked, and the Real Time live audience laughed.
Slotkin was puzzled by Maher’s story of San Francisco’s plan for reparations.
“So, $5 million dollars total?” she asked him.
“$5 million and a house for $1 — they buy you a house,” he said.
The city-appointed reparations committee made more than 100 recommendations in a draft reparations plan to tackle systematic racism, and the traction for the ideas of $5 million to every eligible black adult and homes in San Francisco for just $1 a family have been growing in support among the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Stanford University’s Hoover Institution estimated that it would cost each non-black family in the city at least $600,000. Fewer than 6% of San Francisco residents are black.
Maher then defended his regular monologues “talking against the woke craziness” because “it is crazy.”
“San Francisco doesn’t even have a history of slavery,” the HBO host said.
“It would cost every citizen left $600,000 each. This is madness, is it not?” he asked his panel.
Yang called the reparations plan “a political proposal” and tried to analyze the push in San Francisco.
“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,” Yang said. “That’s what we need to undo.”