Bill Maher on the proof that America is getting back to normal

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Bill Maher’s monologue examined how America is returning to its pre-pandemic days.

States across the country have rolled out plans to reopen businesses and recreational activities. It is all part of the plan to return to the way things were before the pandemic, or as close to it as possible. But Bill Maher sees some different evidence suggesting that America is already back to normal.

Different states are handling things differently depending on the number of cases and the demand from citizens. Missouri made headlines this week after pictures from a bar at the Lake of the Ozarks went viral. Some people were happy to see the scene especially with the unofficial start of summer arriving as well. Others were outraged and the party was a popular topic in the media.

Real Time with Bill Maher has warned against the media creating panic in the way it covers the pandemic. Yet on Friday night, Maher wasn’t exactly celebrating what happened in Missouri. Instead he joked it was proof that no matter how badly Americans want to do the right thing, beer and loud music can throw all that out the window.

The party and the week’s stories from Minneapolis, New York City, and Washington, D.C. were all referenced in Maher’s monologue. Listen to him explain how things aren’t getting worse, they’re getting normal:

Bill Maher satirically celebrated America’s return to normalcy.

For a more in-depth perspective on the death of George Floyd, Real Time fans should watch the panel discussion with Maher, Soledad O’Brien, and Ian Bremmer. It reflects many of the conversations going on around the country in response to the incident in Minneapolis.

For the sake of his monologue, Maher used the event to satirically mark America’s return to “normal.” And there was more evidence to support Maher’s claim than just what happened in Minneapolis or in New York City.

President Donald Trump returned to golf and tweeting out conspiracy theories. The president’s decision to play golf as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 neared 100,000 was the subject of much backlash. But it wasn’t the first or the last time, so Maher’s not wrong to call it normal.

President Trump’s Twitter feed also caused some controversy. His tweets suggesting that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was involved in the murder of a former staffer was a major story that many called a distraction. Again, this is all normal in Maher’s book.

Obviously there was nothing much worth celebrating this week. Maher’s monologue had a feeling of “be careful what you wish for” aimed at those eager to get things back to “normal.” There are far more issues that need to be addressed than just the pandemic and Maher wants to remind his audience of this fact.

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