Bill Maher tells celebrities to stay away from political office

Dwayne Johnson (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Bill Maher has seen all he needs to see to know that celebrities don’t make good politicians. The Real Time host begged stars like Dwayne Johnson and Caitlyn Jenner not to run for office.

Real Time with Bill Maher returned on May 28 after a two-week hiatus. Maher tested positive for COVID-19, shutting down his late night show before getting cleared to get back to work. And Maher wasted no time getting some things off his chest.

Celebrities and entertainers expressing interest in political office is nothing new. But the election of President Donald Trump may have inspired more stars to jump on the political stage. Disaster would follow, says Maher.

In his “New Rule” segment, Maher laid out why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Caitlyn Jenner, and other celebrities are not equipped to hold office no matter their popularity or good intentions.

Bill Maher argues that celebrities aren’t qualified to run for office

For Bill Maher, the past five months have proved that the government works better when run by people who know what they’re doing. The Biden administration may not be perfect, but Maher is happy it’s full of people who didn’t go from a soundstage to the world stage.

The Real Time host doesn’t mince words when it comes to any celebrity thinking they have what it takes to run a state or the country. Maher calls it “malignant narcissism,” the same term that was often used to describe Donald Trump.

There are millions of fans who like Caitlyn Jenner or Dwayne Johnson. But popularity and adoration aren’t enough to make a leader, argues Maher. He rattles off a series of questions he hopes any presidential candidate could answer to prove that it’s not a job you can learn on the fly or finesse your way through.

Examples exist of celebrities turning into politicians: Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Franken. But Maher doesn’t want these men or Donald Trump to be used as inspiration for the likes of Johnson, Jenner, or Randy Quaid. The Real Time host is begging everyone to leave politics to the professionals.

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