Bill Maher has faced online heat in the past week after the host was criticised online for forgetting the stock market had crashed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
A viral video is now resurfacing of the host and panellist Krystal Ball discussing inflation on Real Time. The two clashed over recovering from inflation across the United States following the two year long pandemic. Whilst Maher suggested that relief bills, worth according to the host, more than World War Two expenditure, Ball suggested “trillions shot at Wall Street” after the crash had to have played a major role.
Maher was quick to fire in, questioning the very occurrence of a crash in early 2020. Maher, confused, said: “But the stock market didn’t crash during COVID?”.
Ball assured the panel the market did crash, explaining, “It did crash. It crashed and the FED came in and backstopped it. That’s what happened.”
Maher replied, asking why it was not common knowledge this had occurred.
The stock market did in fact crash in 2020, with The Balance reporting “record-setting point drops” on March 12 and March 16.
Viewers label Bill Maher “insane” in reaction
Twitter has been quick to respond over the moment, now viral online, with many mocking Maher for his lack of knowledge on the matter.
One user wrote, “Krystal Ball kills it on Bill Maher. Imagine being so out of touch that you believe that the trillions of dollars in pandemic bailouts went to working people instead of Wall Street.”
Another agreed: “Bill Maher spent his entire segment telling Krystal Ball to shut up about economic pain and Wall Street corruption, and then wondered out loud what Dems need to do to win in 2024. Unreal.”
This news comes after Maher’s recent take on Real Time, suggesting it would be “so easy” for Donald Trump to win the 2024 election if the former president “let go” of claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him.